Robbie Glendinning

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Robert David Glendinning

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 196 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Robbie Glendinning has played in the minors and for the Australian national team.

Glendinning was in the MLB Australian Academy Program in 2013. [1] He came to the US for junior college and hit .412, setting school records for runs (75), hits (107) and double (27) as a freshman. [2] He set school career records for homers (33), doubles (42), RBI (141) and runs (151). [3] He transferred to Missouri, batting .274/.386/.463 with 35 walks in 56 games, scoring 36 runs, as a junior.

The Pittsburgh Pirates took him in the 21st round of the 2017 amateur draft; the scout was Matt Bimeal. [4] He hit only .198/.342/.229 that summer for the West Virginia Black Bears, backing up at SS and 3B. Things went much better for the Perth Heat in the 2017-2018 Australian Baseball League - he hit .333/.408/.506 with 22 runs in 21 games.

He split 2018 between the West Virginia Black Bears (.250/.364/.369 in 25 G) and the West Virginia Power (.282/.358/.391 in 34 G) as a utility infielder. He hit .219/.265/.469 for Australia in the 2018 U-23 Baseball World Cup. [5] He again had a huge winter: .364/.467/.545 for Perth with 25 RBI in 28 games. He finished 4th in the 2018-2019 ABL in average (between Mikey Reynolds and Dwayne Kemp), 2nd to Mike Fransoso in OBP, tied for 7th with 21 walks, 8th in slugging and 4th in OPS (between Zach Wilson and former major leaguer Luke Hughes). He was named ABL Rookie of the Year. [6] He went 3 for 3 with two homers in the last game of the finals but Perth lost to the Brisbane Bandits. [7]

Glendinning spent the summer of 2019 with the Bradenton Marauders (.340/.393/.599 in 43 G) and Altoona Curve (.261/.346/.391 in 58 G); his .298/.368/.488 slash line and 13 homers marked his best year in the US minors to that point. He mostly played short but saw regular action at the hot corner to boot. He tied Jack Herman for 10th in the Bucs chain in home runs. He then made Australia's squad for the 2019 Premier 12 and was their starting second baseman. He hit .217/.321/.217 and struck out in 10 of 23 at-bats but also was the only Aussie with multiple runs (3) and his four walks led the team. His 538 OPS was better than the team's 419 composite as well. He handled 25 chances error-free and was 6th in the event with 19 assists. In their opener, he had their lone hit against South Korea, singling off Hyeon-jong Yang. His first-inning sacrifice fly off Brock Dykxhoorn scored Australia's first run in a win over Canada to get them to the second round. He was also 1 for 3 with a walk and run in their big upset over Team USA, Australia's first win over the US in a competition of that caliber. [8]