Former Texas Ranger Drew Robinson to have E60 documentary air on ESPN+
Once a highly-touted Texas Rangers farmhand, Drew Robinson resurfaces in the baseball world as Jeff Passan documents his struggles with mental health.
Jeff Passan of ESPN tweeted Thursday that his most impactful story ever written and portrayed will air next week on ESPN.com and ESPN+.
The face that donned the cover image was a surprise for me, as it was former Texas Rangers prospect Drew Robinson.
In what turned out to be one of the most impactful trailers I have ever seen, it shows the former big leaguer with his right eye shut.
The title of the featured documentary is “Alive: The Drew Robinson Story.”
Robinson notes his struggles with mental health in his tweet and hints at it in the trailer below.
The time and date of release have not been made available yet, but according to Jeff Passan, it should come out sometime next week.
It will air on ESPN.com and ESPN+.
Robinson was a former fourth rounder of the Texas Rangers out of Silverado High School in Las Vegas.
The Texas Rangers thought highly of Robinson, as he showed an above-average hit tool and the versatility of Ben Zobrist.
He rose through the prospect ranks, and sat at 23rd in the Rangers system before his call-up to the big leagues.
Robinson spent seven years in the minor leagues before joining the Texas Rangers on April 5, 2017 against the Cleveland Indians.
The Rangers demoted Robinson after his big league debut, and wouldn’t see the majors again until June 25.
In only his second game in the major leagues, Drew Robinson took Yankees starter Michael Pineda to deep right-center field for his first big league hit and home run.
It was surprising to see Robinson go deep so soon, because he had only hit one home run over his first 148 plate appearances.
Although his power numbers weren’t there, he did crush in Triple-A in between his first two major league games.
He hit .289 over that stretch and added 10 home runs, 24 RBIs and a .735 slugging percentage over those 20 games with Round Rock.
Robinson struggled over two seasons with the Texas Rangers, and then was shipped to St. Louis for Patrick Wisdom in December of 2018.
He only appeared in five games for the Redbirds.
After that, Robinson fell off of the baseball map before being picked up by the Giants early last year.
We can only assume the actions taken by Drew Robinson were severe, and we have probable cause that these events are the cause of the loss of his right eye.
We at Nolan Writin’ send our prayers out to Drew and his family and wish them well as he continues to battle with mental illness.
This is a reminder that you are not alone, and if you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help.
If you need to talk with a third party who will listen, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255 or visit this link.
You are not alone.