Glove Day timing perfect for Rangers' Robinson

Glove Day timing perfect for Rangers' Robinson

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Wilson had a new client waiting on Monday morning in the Rangers clubhouse. Rangers utility player Drew Robinson officially signed with the company two days before Wilson Glove Day on Monday.

Robinson could keep his glove supplier quite busy because of his evolving role with the Rangers.

"I think we'll start with two and go from there," Robinson said.

Robinson actually brought four back into the clubhouse and will need them all. Robinson is being groomed as a super-utility player for the Rangers with the ability to play all four infield and three outfield positions. The Rangers place a premium on versatility and Robinson is moving all around the diamond in Spring Training.

That's why he carries five gloves with him every day. He has a first base glove given to him two years ago by teammate Brett Nicholas, an outfield glove and a middle infield glove. He also uses a different glove to play third base rather than shortstop or second.

"It's just a little bigger at the hot corner," Robinson said. "It gives me a couple of more inches in case they crush one that I have to backhand."

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He also carries a small infielder's glove that he takes grounders with in workouts.

"It helps me stay down," Robinson said. "It you come up too quickly, more times than not, you miss it."

Robinson said he was never that particular about his baseball gloves growing up.

"I didn't know much about gloves so I would just get a cheap one from the sporting goods store," Robinson said. "When I was first drafted, I had a version of the Wilson. The first two weeks I was worn out by Odubel Herrera and Christian Villanueva about my glove. I finally gave it to a buddy of mine's little brother."

So far in his Minor League career, Robinson has played 321 games at third, 154 at second, 42 at shortstop and 32 at first. As far as the outfield, he has played 108 games in right and 15 in left. He has worked out in center but not yet appeared there. There is no doubt he can handle it. The only spot missing is catcher.

"No," Robinson said. "No catchers glove. Not yet at least."

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.