THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2004
Dennis Robinson Signs Major League Contract with Baltimore Orioles

Sept. 16, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU pitcher Dennis Robinson (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) will forgo his senior season with the Dolphin baseball program after signing a free agent contract with the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 4. Robinson went undrafted in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft in May but drew interest from major league clubs while playing with the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod League over the summer in Massachusetts. The right-hander joins the drafted duo of third baseman Orlando Diaz (San Diego Padres) and relief pitcher Chris Kelly (Tampa Bay Devil Rays) as members of the 2004 squad who are now playing in the minor leagues.

Robinson posted a 1-3 record with a 2.31 ERA, 46.2 innings pitched, nine walks and 32 strikeouts in eight starts with the Orleans Cardinals before signing with the Orioles. He then made one appearance with the Aberdeen IronBirds of the New York-Penn League (A) before being shipped to the Delmarva Shorebirds of the South Atlantic League (A). In three starts with the Shorebirds, Robinson finished 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA in 18 innings and only allowed one run.

At JU, the Dolphins' ace finished the 2004 campaign ranked second in the nation in victories with a 13-4 record, while posting a 2.85 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 120.0 innings. His 13 wins rank him second on the JU single-season list, while his 19 career victories tie for seventh-place all-time at JU. Robinson became the first 13-game winner since Mark Guerra went 14-4 in 1994 and the first pitcher to throw 120.0 or more innings since Palmer Ebanks racked up 126.0 innings in 1999. Robinson's seven complete games are also the most by a JU pitcher since Guerra threw 10 in 1994. He joined the Dolphins in 2003 after transferring from North Carolina.

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