22-Year-Old Shortstop – Tampa Bay Rays
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Despite tallying 29 extra-base hits in both of the last two seasons at Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham, respectively, Robertson underwhelmed on the whole with only nine homers over a combined ...
Daniel Robertson Contract Information:
Agreed to contract terms shortly after being selected in the June draft.
Rays manager Kevin Cash mentioned Robertson as a candidate to fill the vacant second base position, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Daniel Robertson: Minor League Games Played By Position
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Tampa Bay Rays Roster
MajorsAndriese, Matt (P)
AAAdames, Willy (SS)
A+Alvarado, Jose (P)
ABurke, Brock (P)
RookieBetts, Chris (C)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Robertson is the type of prospect who often gets overlooked in dynasty leagues. He has the ability to be a .280/.360/.430 hitter with 10-15 home runs annually in the big leagues, and considering he is still being developed as a shortstop, that could be quite a valuable package, especially if he bats leadoff. Of course, if he moves off shortstop to second base, or worst yet, third base, that stat line is a lot less intriguing. Many believe he is not quite good enough to stick at shortstop, but considering the options in the Raysí system, he should at least get an audition there in a year or two. Last year a broken hand limited him to 78 games at Double-A Montgomery, where he slashed .274/.363/.415 with a 9.5 percent walk rate and 16.7 percent K-rate as a 21-year-old. He should spend most of 2016 at Triple-A, with a chance to earn a late-season callup.
Robertson had a very nice year at High-A Stockton in 2014, hitting .310 with 15 home runs over 548 at-bats. He displayed gap power and walked nearly as much as he struck out (72 walks and 94 strikeouts). Traded to Tampa Bay in January, Robertson could be the Rays' shortstop of the future and he has a chance to reach the majors by 2016, although he may face long-term competition from Hak-Ju Lee. There are some questions about his range at shortstop, but Robertson should be able to hold his own at the position at least in the upper levels of the minors. Regardless of where he eventually plays defensively, his bat should be steady enough to make him a regular in the lineup. Robertson will likely begin the season as the starting shortstop in Double-A, with the possibility of earning a promotion to Triple-A as the season progresses.
Robertson was selected by the A's as the 34th overall pick in the 2012 draft. He spent the 2013 season at Low-A Beloit where he hit .277 and got on base at a .353 clip in 101 games. Robertson currently profiles as a gap power hitter, but at only 19, he could develop more power as he matures. He played shortstop for all of 2013, but the A's may eventually move him to third base with the thought that Addison Russell is likely the shortstop of the future for the team. As long as Robertson is a teammate of Renato Nunez in the A's system, he'll likely remain at shortstop to increase his organizational value as a potential trade chip.
The A's drafted Robertson 34th overall in the 2012 draft. Robertson played 55 games in the minors after signing his contract and did not do much on offense. Robertson is only 18 and clearly is a long-term project. Robertson projects as a third baseman with a huge arm (reportedly throwing in the low-90s), but lacking enough range to stick at shortstop. Scouting reports indicate that he has a great eye with a short, compact swing. Robertson will likely begin the year at Low-A with his first full season as a professional.