February 8, 2009

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2009: #10 Tyler Robertson

2009 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #10 | Tyler Robertson

Position | Pitcher

Bats/Throws | Left/Left

| December 23, 1987 (Simi Valley, California)

| Bella Vista High School

| 6'5''

| 220 lbs.

2008 Ranking
| 4

The Twins drafted Tyler Robertson in the 3rd round of the 2006 draft. He has been a consistent top performer the last couple of years and has now posted an impressive 18-10 record and a 2.86 ERA in 44 games (41 starts) through three levels of play. He also has a 1.22 WHIP and a 3.2 K/BB ratio as well. Overall his numbers are very impressive considering he just turned 21-years-old and has already pitched successfully in Advanced-A which could warrant a promotion. Robertson has a good slider which is complimented with a fastball, curveball and change-up that are all great solid considering his age. The worst part about Robertson is that he lacks velocity and looks to be an injury waiting to happen. He only throws in the mid-high 80's on his fastball which isn't bad when you hear he has quite a bit of life still on it, but with his mediocre control I don't think that he'll be a great pitcher in the majors with a fastball like that. He also has an unorthodox delivery which you can see in the video. I don't know how he has avoided a major injury up to this point and although his numbers alone should put him higher, I guess I just cannot get past either his mechanics and velocity. At 6'5'' and 220 lbs., he has great size and one would think that he should be able to develop more velocity, but I don't know if his mechanics will allow him to throw any harder. At least without really hurting himself.

2008 Statistics
Level      W      L      ERA      IP      K      BB      WHIP      FIP
A+         5      3     2.72    82.2     73      31      1.32     3.10

2009 Outlook

Robertson is young and although he had great numbers last year in Ft. Myers, he may be back there again for a second season in a row. He had arm problems last season, which limited him to only 15 starts and could probably use a pitcher-friendly environment to get everything back.

Pitching Repertoire
  • Fastball
  • Curveball
  • Change-up
  • Slider

Estimated Time of Arrival