After playing a key role in the Panthers run to their first CAA Championship, former Georgia State baseball pitcher Robinson Polanco has been signed to a free agent contract by the South Louisiana Pipeliners of the Continental Baseball League. He becomes the third member of this year’s graduating class to sign a contract to play professional baseball.
Polanco played for Georgia State for two seasons, earning All-CAA Third Team honors during his junior year. Polanco joined the Pipeliners just over a week ago and has already made four appearances in relief, striking out six in just four innings pitched.
The team is based out of Morgan City, La., plays games from May 6th thru August 30th at the S.L. Sports Academy. Founded in 2006, the league played its inaugural season in 2007. The Continental Baseball League is dedicated to creating “America’s Hometown Teams” - a group of professional independent baseball franchises, playing in fan-friendly facilities, providing a fun environment for families to experience professional baseball at affordable prices.
Polanco finished his career with a 12-6 record and 4.74 ERA. He made 20 starts, throwing four complete games and 127.1 innings pitched, while holding opponents to just a .234 batting average. He came out of the bullpen to earn two big saves toward the end of last season in back-to-back games against VCU, helping State earn a second place finish in the CAA regular season.
Polanco was the opening day starter this past season, helping lead the Panthers to their first-ever CAA Championship and appearance in the NCAA Regionals.
Earlier this summer, former shortstop and teammate Chase Childers signed a free agent contact with the Baltimore Orioles organization. Just over two weeks ago, Will Palmer signed a free agent contract with the Laredo Broncos.