On Monday afternoon the Wichita Wingnuts received good news in two different fashions. Starting pitcher Jon Link was named as the American Association Pitcher of the Week and All-American outfielder Cody Robinson agreed to make his professional debut with the club.
Link received the honor by going 2-0 and allowing three runs over 13.0 innings in a couple of outings. On Monday, June 30th, Link pitched six innings, scattered nine hits, and allowed three runs in a 13-3 victory over the Amarillo Sox. Five days later, on Saturday, July 5th, Link shut out the Sioux City Explorers over 7.0 innings. The right-hander gave up just four hits and struck out seven. Between the two games, Link struck out 12 and walked just one opposing hitter.
On the season, the Wake Forest, North Carolina resident is 6-2 with a 3.17 ERA in 11 starts. He has 50 strikeouts in 73 and 2/3 innings.
With catcher/designated hitter J.T. Wise signing a contract with the Texas Rangers earlier in the day, the Wingnuts looked to Robinson, a recent college graduate, to provide some punch to the lineup.
The 23-year old turned in a brilliant 2014 season to finish up his college career at Northeastern State University, a Division II school in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Robinson batted .349 with 18 home runs and 49 RBI. He received a truck load of honors following the season including: NCBWA All-American Second Team, Daktronics All-American Honorable Mention, NCBWA All-Central Region First Team, Daktronics All-Central Region First Team, Rawlings/ABCA All-Central Region First Team , NCBWA Central Region Gold Glove, All-MIAA First Team, NCBWA Central Region Hitter of the Week two times, and MIAA Hitter of the Week twice.
In his 2013 junior campaign, Robinson, a native of Dallas, Texas, led the conference with 16 home runs and finished second in all of DII in the same category. The right-handed hitter played in all 50 games, starting 49, hit multiple home runs in four different games, and earned First Team All-MIAA recognition.
Prior to beginning his career at Northeastern State, Robinson spent three seasons at Tulane University. He played in just nine games his freshman season before missing the rest of the year with injury, an ordeal that led to him receiving a medical redshirt. He made 16 starts and played in 47 total games with the Green Wave, committing just one error in the outfield. The business major helped Tulane reach consecutive Conference USA Championship tournaments.