A familiar name in Stateline high-school baseball circles will join the Rockford Rivets this summer.
Rockford’s new Northwoods League team announced former Harlem High pitcher Drake Robison will play for the Rivets. Since the end of his prep days, Robison has won a junior-college national title and is currently a student at the University of Iowa. The righthander is sitting out the Hawkeyes’ 2016 season after a transfer from Mississippi.
Rivets manager Brian Smith said, “Drake wants to do whatever it takes to help the Rivets in 2016, if he is strong enough and develops a quality third and fourth pitch, I can see him fitting right into the starting rotation.”
Robison was an all-conference selection his senior year at Harlem, where he also played third base.
“It will be exciting for Drake to play in Rockford,” Smith said. “Hopefully bringing Drake home will ignite his passion for competing and he can be a major factor is our pursuit of a NWL championship.”
Robison was used both as a starter and a reliever at Iowa Western Community College. Robison was the winning pitcher on May 31, 2014, when he pitched 5 1/3 innings out of the bullpen in a 17-5 decision over Miami Dade for the juco national title.
Last season with Mississippi, Robison was used exclusively as a reliever and went 0-1 with a 7.36 earned-run average in 16 appearances. He averaged nearly a strikeout an inning.