Robert, who has seen major league time with both San Diego and Boston, joins the Cubs this season after being claimed on Dec. 2, 2020 … he began his professional career as a catcher after being selected by St. Louis in the second round of the 2009 draft, and was converted to a pitcher for the 2012 season...He made his first Opening Day roster as a member of the San Diego Padres in 2019, however missed majority of the season with a right biceps strain suffered in July...Following a solid start to his 2018 minor league season, he had his contract selected by the Padres on June 24 and made his major league debut that day with a scoreless outing against the Giants at AT&T Park...Has made 52 major league appearances, owning a 2-2 record, 4.24 ERA (30 ER/63.2 IP), and 67 strikeouts … owns a 2.72 ERA (11 ER/36.1 IP) in 28 career home appearances, while in 24 road appearances has a mark of 6.26 (19 ER/27.1 IP)…Spent the 2016 campaign with the New Jersey Jackals of the independent Canadian-American Association, producing a 2.85 ERA over 52 appearances...Attended the University of Southern California and played both pitcher and catcher, earning Pac-10 Conference honorable mention recognition in 2009...Graduated from Agoura High School (CA), where he was named Baseball America Youth Player of the Year (2005) … was a member of the 2004 and 2005 U.S. Youth National Team … rated as the top player in the nation by Baseball America in his age group in three consecutive years (age 13, 14 and 15).
Robert appeared in 10 games with the Boston Red Sox, posting an 0-1 record and 4.73 ERA (7 ER13.1 IP) … he began the season with the Philadelphia Phillies before being claimed off waivers on July 27...Made his season debut on Aug. 11 vs. Tampa Bay, allowing one unearned run over 1.1 innings … walked three and struck out a season-high three...Tossed season-high 2.0 innings on Aug. 28 vs. Washington … equaled total on Sept. 16 at Miami and Sept. 19 vs. the Yankees...Limited left-handed hitters to a .217 average (5-for-23), while allowing a .407 (11-for-27) mark to right-handed hitters.
Made his first career Opening Day roster, appearing in 7 games with SD in March/April and 3 more in June/July...Earned his lone decision of the season with a win on 4/5 at STL...Spent the majority of the season with El Paso (AAA), both on option and on rehab assignment...Was on the 10-day IL with a right biceps strain, 7/3-end of season...Averaged 13.35 SO/9.0 IP in his 27 games with El Paso.
Split the season between San Antonio (AA) and El Paso (AAA) while making his ML debut with SD, recording 32 relief appearances for the Padres...Began the season with SA and went 1-0 with one save, a 2.00 ERA (2 ER, 9.0 IP) and a 15.0 SO/9 IP across eight relief outings... Promoted to ELP on 4/30…posted a 1.93 ERA (5 ER, 23.1 IP) while converting seven of his eight save opportunities and was scoreless in 16 of his 20 relief outings...Had his contract selected by SD on 6/24 and made his ML debut that same day at SF, striking out two and allowing one hit in SD's 3-2 defeat...Allowed one run across his first four outings (3.00 ERA) from 6/24-7/1 before being optioned to ELP on 7/6...Tossed four scoreless relief outings for ELP from 7/6-16 before being recalled by SD on 7/20... remained with the Padres for the rest of the season...Allowed a career-high four earned runs in his first outing after the All-Star break on 7/20 at PHI...Worked a career-high-tying 3.0 IP and struck out a career-best five hitters in his next outing on 7/24 at NYM...Posted a 1.50 ERA (6 ER, 36.0 IP) and limited the opposition to a .202 average from 7/24 through the end of the season, which were both the best marks among all SD hurlers (min. 35.0 IP) ...Earned his first ML victory on 8/30 vs. COL, tossing 3.0 IP of two-hit, scoreless ball in SD's 3-2 extra-inning victory...His strikeout in his 0.1 IP of work on 9/12 at SEA was part of a franchise-best nine consecutive strikeouts among relievers, along with Jose Castillo, Craig Stammen and Trey Wingenter...Did not allow a run in 25 of his 32 relief outings with SD...Worked 2.0 IP-or-more on eight occasions, allowing just one total earned run (0.48 ERA, 18.2 IP) in those outings...Threw 11 of the 12 hardest pitches by Padres hurlers in 2018, including a 100.3 mph four-seamer on 8/11 vs. PHI...Allowed just one unearned run at Petco, posting a 0.00 ERA and a .197 opponent average at home compared to a 5.12 ERA (11 ER, 19.1 IP) and .297 clip on the road...Posted a 0.84 ERA (11 ER, 19.1 IP) in day games opposed to a 3.10 ERA (10 ER, 29.0 IP) in night games... Limited the first batter of the inning to a .192 average (5-for-26) with four walks and two HBP...Relied on four pitches: four-seamer (58.8%), slider (37.4%), changeup (3.6%) and sinker (0.2%).
Split the year between Daytona (A) and Pensacola (AA), pitching to a combined 9-5 record with a 2.82 ERA (22 ER, 70.1 IP) over 41 games with 61 SO...His nine wins, 2.82 ERA and 41 games were all career highs...Went 5-0 in 11 games at home with a 3.54 ERA (8 ER, 20.1 IP) with 19 SO...Was a member of Pensacola's first championship in franchise history...made one postseason appearance, pitching 1.0 inning allowing two earned runs on one hit and one walk while striking out two...Went 3-for-8 (.375) over 18 games at the plate with a double and two RBI...Following the season, served as the closer for Charos de Jalisco of the Mexican Winter League and converted nine of his 10 save opportunities, pitching to a 4.15 ERA (8 ER, 17.1 IP).
Spent the season with the New Jersey Jackals of the Canadian-American Association, posting a 1-2 record with a 3.64 ERA (19 ER, 47.0 IP) in 52 games with 73 SO against 40 BB.
Split the season between Bradenton (A), GCL Pirates (R), and Altoona (AA), tossing a combined 16.1 innings over 12 games...Missed some time while on the seven-day DL from 7/17-23.
Split the campaign between Palm Beach (A) and Peoria (A), posting a 2-3 record with a 4.12 ERA (29 ER, 63.1 IP) over 35 games with 43 SO against 21 BB...While with Palm Beach, owned a 1.54 ERA (2 ER, 11.2 IP) in five games at home while limiting opponents to a .214 batting average...he posted a 3.09 ERA (4 ER, 11.2) over six games on the road while holding opponents to a .158 clip.
Split the season between Peoria (A) and Palm Beach (A) where he appeared in a combined 32 games while pitching to a 2-1 record and a 3.52 ERA (15 ER, 38.1 IP).
Spent the entire season with Quad Cities (A) after converting from a catcher to a pitcher, where he recorded posted a 5-2 record with career highs in IP (71.0) and strikeouts (66)...Made his first start on 5/27 at Cedar Rapids, tossing 3.2 IP while allowing four earned runs on four hits and two walks...On 6/10, made his second start at Burlington where he worked 3.0 IP and allowed two earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking two...Missed time while on the seven-day DL from 8/15-24.
Split the season between Palm Beach (A) and Quad Cities (A) as a catcher, starting in each of the 58 games he played in...Recorded a 1.000 fielding percentage over 42 games with Palm Beach...Threw out 11 of 15 baserunners (73%) while with Quad Cities...Started the season on the seven-day DL from 4/4-5/10.
Played in 85 games at Quad Cities, starting 82 at catcher. ... Had 14 multi-hit games including two three-hit contests, tying his career-high for hits in a game. ... Hit 17 doubles, 3rd most among Cardinals minor league catchers. ... Hit safely in 18-of-20 August games, accounting for his best month batting .264 with a home run and 12 RBI. ... Ranked 7th among Midwest League catchers by throwing out 28.6% of attempted base stealers (40-140). ... Posted a .978 fielding percentage despite leading Midwest League catchers in errors (18). ... Hit two-run home run in the top of the 9th inning during Game 1 of the Midwest League opening round playoffs vs. Kane County to ice a 4-0 victory. ... Batted .300 (3-10) in the Midwest League playoffs with a home run and three RBI.
Played in 46 games, starting 35 at catcher, between Johnson City (R) and Quad Cities (A)...Batted .322 in Johnson City with nine doubles, seven home runs and 24 RBI...Ranked tied for third among 2009 Cardinals draft picks with seven home runs...Threw out 28.6 (14-49) percent of would-be base stealers...Totalled an .857 on base + slugging average between Johnson City and Quad Cities...Hit first professional home run at BRS (7/2), a solo shot, in the 4th inning...Put together a 12-game hitting streak from 7/25 to 8/13 (.429, 21-49, 4 HR, 13 RBI), ranking T-5th in the Appalachian League...Had a hot July batting .357 (20-56), also hit .326 with RISP (14-43) and .339 (38-112) vs. RHP...Recorded a season-high three hits twice (7/27 at ELZ & 8/12 vs. BRS) and a season-high four RBI vs. BRS (8/12)...Rated as the 10th-best prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America.