ThunderBolts Notebook: For Robinson, it doesn’t compute
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media June 29, 2014 5:20PM
Updated: June 30, 2014 2:13AM
Try to tell Kyle Robinson about his lofty numbers and he may cover up his ears.
Thirty-six games into the season, the Windy City ThunderBolts slugger still is hitting well over .400. Entering Sunday, he was at .427, 41 points better than anyone else in the Frontier League.
Robinson, though, said he doesn’t know anything about those statistics.
“I don’t ever look at anything like that,” he said. “I never have. I never will. It’s not superstitious. I just want to take it one game at a time and not think about stuff like that.”
It’s the latest in the season a T-Bolts player was hitting over .400 since Gilberto Mejia was at .403 on July 3, 2009.
Robinson took a 20-game hit streak into Sunday, the longest in the league this season.
“I think it’s a byproduct of my work in the offseason,” he said. “Eight months of hard work is paying off in a positive way.”
Robinson leads the T-Bolts in hits (56, 20 more than Ryan Soares, who’s second on the team), home runs (6), RBI (31) and doubles (12). He’s second to Mike Torres in runs and walks, with 22 and 14, respectively.
Breaking in is hard to do
Davidson Peguero has had an interesting start to his professional career.
After finishing his final season at Fisher College in Massachusetts in the spring, Peguero signed with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association.
He played one game on June 22 in Winnipeg and had two at-bats, coming up with a big RBI single that helped the team win, but he was released after the game.
“I was there because someone got injured so I knew my time there was going to be short and it turned out another of their players was injured worse than they thought and they had to bring in a second baseman to replace him,” Peguero said. “I understood, and they helped me get another opportunity here in Windy City.”
Peguero made his T-Bolts debut Friday and produced the team’s lone run with an RBI double in a 2-1 loss.
“We just want him to contribute,” T-Bolts manager Ron Biga said. “He’s a rookie. We just want him to come in and put the ball in play. He’s got a solid glove at first and he’s aggressive at the plate.”
Former T-Bolt Devin Shepherd is a cast member on the new season of the CBS reality show “Big Brother,” which debuted last week.
Shepherd played with Windy City in 2011, hitting eight home runs and driving in 55 runs in 74 games.
He had been re-signed by the T-Bolts this offseason, but an injury kept him from coming to spring training.