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Jon-Jon Robles

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Jon-Jon Robles

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 6", Weight 143 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Jon-Jon Robles got two of the three starts for the Philippines in the 2007 Asian Championship. Against the Japanese national team, he allowed 9 hits (including an Atsunori Inaba homer) and 6 runs (3 earned) in 4 innings, losing to Hideaki Wakui. Facing the South Korean national team, Robles gave up 9 hits and 8 runs in 4 2/3 IP. He was 0-2 with a 11.42 ERA for the event. He helped the Philippines take Silver in the 2007 Southeast Asian Games.

For 2008, Robles joined the Czech club Arrows Ostrava. He went 11-2 with a 1.20 ERA, striking out 149 in 120 1/3 innings while allowing 79 hits and 38 walks. He led the Extraliga in innings and strikeouts (71 more than the runner-up) and was third in ERA. He was second in opponent average behind Radek Procházka.

Returning to the Arrows for 2009, Robles was 8-9 with a save and a 1.77 ERA while also batting .257/.339/.318 as a regular position player. He was second in the league in ERA (behind Petr Minařík), second in innings (behind teammate Boris Bokaj), 5th in opponent slugging (.272), first in opponent average (.193) and opponent OBP (.245) and again led in whiffs (57 over runner-ups Bokaj and Leoš Kubát). His ERA over two Czech seasons was 1.38; through 2014, he was second in league history, .31 behind former major leaguer Pat Ahearne and .07 over Roman Yatsuk. He won Gold in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games.

Robles was 0-2 for the Philippines in the 2012 Asian Championship, losing to South Korea but surprisingly keeping them in it till the 5th, then losing to China as well. In the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, he got their lone win, starting the opener against Thailand and allowing only one unearned run in four innings before Vladi Eguia relieved him. In the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, he was sidelined as the Philippines brought in a slew of Filipino-Americans, who dominated the playing time. He did get into one game, relieving Taylor Garrison with two on, one out and a 11-7 deficit in the bottom of the 6th. Alan Schoenberger hit into a run-scoring fielder's choice, Max Brown walked, Boss Moanaroa hit a two-run single and Scott Campbell hit a sacrifice fly. Ryan Juarez then relieved him.

He started one game in the 2017 Asian Championship but the veteran lasted only two innings (4 H, BB, 3 R, ER) in a loss to Taiwan and Chun-Chieh Wu.