Preseason Power 25 Countdown: No. 18 Robinson

Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will count down the Top 25 preseason teams every day as part of our comprehensive season coverage.

Team: Robinson
2017 Record:
Conference Finish: 1st
Conference: 17-4A
THSA Classification: 4A
Head Coach: Bryan Kemp
Playoff Run: State Finalist
Returners: 8


Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Braxton Ashcraft TX Robinson 2018 RHP/3B Baylor
Mason Cooper TX Robinson 2018 RHP/OF Texas State
Peyton Powell TX Robinson 2019 C
Chris Morrow TX Robinson 2019 1B/P  
Jake Strain TX Robinson 2019 OF  
Jordan Rogers TX Robinson 2020 SS/RHP  
Jace Walker TX Robinson 2020 2B  
Easton Slovacek TX Robinson 2020 OF  


The Robinson Rockets have their eyes set on another strong season in 2018. Coach Kemp's team won 31 games and made a spectacular playoff run that took them all the way to the state championship final. Headlining the pitching staff are two right-handers, Braxton Ashcraft and Mason Cooper. Ashcraft, a Baylor recruit, stands 6-foot-6, 190-pounds, with an athletic frame, and is currently ranked No. 5 in Texas, No. 32 Overall. This summer, we saw Ashcraft sit 89-93 mph with his fastball, touching 93 and 95 ounce. A two-way player, Ashcraft hit eight home runs last year on his way to batting .362. 2018 RHP Mason Cooper, also runs his fastball up to 90-91. The Texas State recruit stands 6-foot-2, 205-pounds, with a strong frame, and is currently ranked No. 101 in Texas. Last year, the two-way player hit .455 with 15 doubles. 

A number of position players are back from 2017, including juniors C Peyton Powell, 1B/P Chris Morrow,  and OF Jake Strain.  Keep an eye on three sophomores that could make a significant contribution, SS/RHP Jordan Rogers, 2B Jace Walker, and OF Easton Slovacek. This past fall, Rogers was a standout in the Metro Scout League. With talented players spanning across three classes, the Rockets have a chance to make another deep playoff run.

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