Harlem alum signs with Rivets

A familiar name in Stateline high-school baseball circles will join the Rockford Rivets this summer.

Rockford’s new Northwoods League team announced Friday that former Harlem High player Drake Robison will pitch for the Rivets. The righthander is sitting out the Iowa Hawkeyes’ 2016 season after a transfer from the University of Mississippi.


“Drake and I will be in contact throughout the spring on his health and his mindset,” Rivets manager Brian Smith said. “Drake wants to do whatever it takes to help the Rivets in 2016, if he is strong enough and develops a quality third and fourth pitch, I can see him fitting right into the starting rotation.”

Robison was an all-conference selection his senior year at Harlem, where he also played third base.

“It will be exciting for Drake to play in Rockford,” Smith said. “Hopefully bringing Drake home will ignite his passion for competing and he can be a major factor is our pursuit of a NWL championship.”

Robison was used both as a starter and a reliever at Iowa Western Community College,. and was the winning pitcher on May 31, 2014 when he pitched 5.1 innings out of the bullpen in a 17-5 decision over Miami Dade for the juco national title.

Last season wat Ole Miss, Robison was used exclusively as a reliever and went 0-1 with a 7.36 earned-run average in 16 appearances. He averaged nearly a strikeout an inning.

Robison is a senior computer science major at Iowa and has one year of eligibility left.

–Rockford Rivets

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