Mason Robbins made a huge decision last year to forego the MLB draft and enroll in school at Southern Miss. It is a decision he does not regret.
The Eagles are happy he made that decision as well. As a freshman, Robbins contributed at the plate, in the field, and on the mound as well.
Robbins hit .330 this season for Southern Miss, including 71 hits, 3HR's, and 38 RBI's. He also made 10 appearances on the mound and made 6 starts.
He is now ready to take his game to the next level, and that starts this summer with a trip to one of the highest level's of summer baseball, the Cape Cop League.
"I leave this Thursday for the Cape, and I'll be playing up there in Rhode Island," he said. "I'll be up there until August 6th.
"This will be my first summer up there. They said it is a big time pitcher's league, so I'll get to face some big time pitching which I am excited about. I am looking forward to getting AB's in to lead into the fall."
Robbins looked back on his decision to play for the Eagles, and it is one that he is very happy he made.
"I wanted to just do my part and help the team any way that I could," he said. "I started out just hitting but then I got some opportunities on the mound and I was able to help out there.
"The biggest adjustment was getting used to the pitching. I didn't see many power left-handers in high school but we saw a lot of those this year so that was a big adjustment."
He knows the experience from this year and this summer will only help the team going forward.
"Yeah we started a lot of freshman this year and it really helps us going into next year because we are all comfortable now playing at this level," he said.
"I plan on working a lot on my approach and my swing. I also want to work on my defensive skills as well because I was a DH a lot last year."
In all, it was a great first year for Robbins. "I loved the team I played with, they were awesome," he said. "The coaches were great and helped me great ready for that level of play. Southern Miss was just a great experience overall, I had a blast."