Otters trade catcher Erie to Kansas City T-Bones

The Evansville Otters have acquired right-handed pitcher Chad Robinson from the Kansas City T-Bones in a trade for catcher Brian Erie.

Robinson began the 2013 season with the Fort Worth Cats in the United Baseball League before ending the year with the T-Bones. He posted a 5-3 record with a 3.08 earned run average in 33 appearances, including 11 saves.

“Robinson is a tall pitcher with good downhill action,” said Otters manager Andy McCauley. “He has a power arm that should add depth to our bullpen.”

Robinson was chosen by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 12th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball amateur draft. He spent three seasons in the Brewers’ organization before joining the Florence Freedom in 2011 and the McAllen Thunder in 2012.

Erie played two seasons for the Lake Erie Crushers before joining the Otters midway through the 2013 season. During his tenure in Evansville, he produced a 13-game hitting streak and finished with a career-high .294 batting average.

“Brian had a great year for us and we are sorry to see him go,” McCauley said.

The Otters will open the 2014 season at Normal on May 16.

–Gordon Engelhardt

 

 

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