From a Gent to an Angel - LHP Dakota Robinson
Thursday, June 10, 2010

Life is always exciting when one is able to fulfill their ultimate childhood dream of playing professional baseball.

It was Dakota Robinson that had his aspirations filled on Tuesday afternoon when he was saw his name flash under the LAA Angels organization in the 26th round of the 2010 MLB First Year Player Draft.

A hometown product from Bossier City, La. and Airline High School, Robinson made his way to Centenary four years ago as a thriving and ambitious young southpaw. His accolades range from All-Conference, Pitcher of the Week to being named to the Freshman Ping!Baseball team.

Robinson had a stellar career and capped it off with an impressive senior season as he was Centenary's top reliever. The lefty made a record-breaking 31 appearances and finished the year with a 3.47 ERA and a 3-1 record out of the pen. In 46.2 innings of work, Robinson struck out 46 hitters.

ON THE BUMP w/ Dakota Robinson

Q: What were your first reactions when you found out you were selected in the 26th round? Where were you? Who were you with?
(Haha) It's kind of a long story, but it's worth it. I was getting a little nervous sitting around waiting, so I decided to take a drive. It hit me that I should check my phone and at that moment, I saw my name appear across the phone screen. I was relieved and excited it was all over. Since I was by myself, I called my dad first. I mean, he was the one whose toes would break when I threw to him every day when I was little.

Q: What are you looking forward to most about this opportunity?
I am looking forward to continuing my dream and playing the game I love.

Q: Describe your best memory while playing at Centenary?
There are so many, but the one that sticks in my mind the most is when I saw the mound during the 8th and 9th inning of the LSU game at Fairgrounds Field my freshman year. That was exciting.

Q: What do you feel like your biggest strength is as a player?
My biggest strength has to be my work ethic and faith.

Q: When you initially found out you were drafted by the LAA Angels organization, what was going through your mind?
I was pumped! Of all the organizations to represent, the LAA Angels are perfect. Jason [Stephens-Centenary pitching coach] came up through that organization and he has helped me out so much this year. I feel like I already have an inkling of what to expect and work on as a pitcher.

Q: How has playing four years of college baseball at Centenary prepared you for this opportunity?
Playing four years of college baseball helped me out so much. It gave me the opportunity to mature as a pitcher and a person. College ball teaches you how to not only prepare on the field, but off it as well. It [playing college] teaches you the game.

Q: Who has been your biggest influence throughout this journey?
Definitely, my parents, God, and Jason Stephens.

Q: What would be advice you would give to young boys hoping to play professional baseball one day?
To young kids out there aspiring to be professional athletes: Put all your effort into what you love. It will eventually pay off and just never give up.

Q: What are your overall thoughts? What is your next step?
I will work hard to continue my way up the organization and hopefully one day be in the Major Leagues.

Dakota Robinson will waste no time as a minor leaguer as he catches the first flight out Saturday morning. His first stop will be Tempe, Arizona for workouts and practice for two weeks.

Following that short stint, Robinson will head to Orem, Utah to be a part of the Orem Owlz of the Pioneer League.

 A Look at the Big Day - Click HERE for photos.