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Daniel Ray Robertson (born March 22, 1994) is an American professional baseball shortstop and second baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Daniel Robertson
Daniel Robertson (shortstop).jpg
Robertson with the Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays – No. 28
Shortstop / Second baseman
Born: (1994-03-22) March 22, 1994 (age 25)
Upland, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 4, 2017, for the Tampa Bay Rays
MLB statistics
(through September 8, 2019)
Batting average.231
Home runs16
Runs batted in72
Teams

CareerEdit

Robertson attended Upland High School in Upland, California. As a senior, he hit .560 with six home runs and 41 runs batted in (RBI).[1] He committed to play college baseball at UCLA.[2]

Oakland AthleticsEdit

Robertson was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.[3][4] He made his professional debut that season for the Arizona League Athletics and also played for the Vermont Lake Monsters that season. He finished the year at .241/.330/.400 with five home runs and 30 RBIs over 55 games. In 2013, he played for the Beloit Snappers.[5] In 101 games, he hit .277/.353/.401 with nine home runs and 46 RBIs. Robertson played for the Stockton Ports in 2014[6] where he batted .310/.402/.471 with 15 home runs and 60 RBIs in 132 games.

Tampa Bay RaysEdit

On January 10, 2015, Robertson was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays with John Jaso and Boog Powell in exchange for Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist.[7] He attended major league spring training in 2015. In 2015 he played for the Montgomery Biscuits where he compiled a .274 batting average with four home runs and 41 RBIs in 78 games, and in 2016 he played with the Durham Bulls where he hit .259 with five home runs and 43 RBIs in 118 games.[8] The Rays added him to their 40-man roster after the 2016 season.[9]

2017 SeasonEdit

Robertson made the Rays' opening day roster out of spring training. Kevin Cash stated that he was chosen due to his defensive capabilities, specifically at shortstop.[10] On June 27, Robertson was optioned down to AAA Durham to make a place for newly acquired shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, but his option was voided and he was placed on the 10-Day DL with Neck Spasms.[11] He was slashing .224/.314/.365 with 5 home runs in 58 games[12] On August 4, Robertson was activated off the DL[13] He finished the year hitting .206/.308/.326 in 76 games, playing predominantly at second base, but seeing over 15 games at both shortstop and third base.[14]

2018 SeasonEdit

Robertson started as the opening day second basemen with the plan to platoon with Brad Miller and Joey Wendle throughout the season. On April 22, Robertson recorded his first career four hit game.[15] On June 25, Robertson made his first career start in left field in order for him and Joey Wendle to receive more playing time.[16] On July 9, Robertson hit his first career walk-off, a single, against Blaine Hardy of the Detroit Tigers in a 10–9 victory.[17] On July 22, Robertson hit another walk-off, this time a grand slam, in a 6–4 win off of Kyle Barraclough of the Miami Marlins. This was the first walk-off grand slam in franchise history.[18] Ninety minutes after the end of the game, Robertson made a surprise visit to a hospitalized teen. Robertson was moved by the experience, stating “Just to see the excitement and joy on his face when I walked in that room, it’s honestly something I’ll never forget."[19] On August 3, Robertson slid hard into second base, jamming his thumb in the process. Robertson was forced to exit the game and undergo a series of MRIs, which determined that he would need to go on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb.[20] It was announced that Robertson would need surgery and effectively end his season. He finished the season hitting 262/.382/.415 with nine home runs and a 2.6 fWAR, the highest for his team at the time of his injury.[21][22] Robertson once again played more than fifteen games at second base (39), shortstop (29), and third base (19), as well as four games in left field.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

Robertson and his three brothers were raised in Upland, California by his two parents, Don and Julie. In 2013, despite not being a smoker, Don passed away from lung cancer. Robertson has a tattoo on his upper right arm in tribute to his father.[24]

Robertson also has a charity called the Daniel Robertson Family Foundation. This foundation helps raise money to offset medical bills for cancer patients.[25]

Robertson grew up a Los Angeles Angels fan.[26]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Upland shortstop's big season made him a No. 1 pick in amateur draft". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  2. ^ https://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=268547
  3. ^ "Comp picks yield value in prep ranks for A's". Oakland Athletics. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  4. ^ "Robertson ready for Athletics". Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  5. ^ "First Round Pick Daniel Robertson Joins Snappers". Beloit Snappers. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  6. ^ "Upland High product Daniel Robertson returns home to play vs. 66ers". Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  7. ^ http://m.espn.go.com/mlb/story?storyId=12145824&src=desktop&rand=ref~%7B%22ref%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F%22%7D
  8. ^ "Daniel Robertson Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  9. ^ http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/rays/rays-trade-motter-and-shaffer-to-mariners-for-3-minor-leaguers/2303413
  10. ^ "Rays' Daniel Robertson: Makes final roster". CBSSports.com. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  11. ^ "Rays' Daniel Robertson: Option voided, sent to DL". CBSSports.com. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  12. ^ "Rays activate Hechavarria, option Robertson". DRaysBay. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  13. ^ "For starters: Rays vs. Brewers, with Daniel Robertson at SS". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  14. ^ "Daniel Robertson Stats | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  15. ^ "Rays' Daniel Robertson: Perfect at plate Sunday". CBSSports.com. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  16. ^ "Rays' Daniel Robertson: Picks up first start in outfield". CBSSports.com. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  17. ^ Didtler, Mark. "Rays stay hot at home as Daniel Robertson's walk-off single in the 10th beats Tigers". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  18. ^ "Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  19. ^ https://www.facebook.com/rick.maese. "'This is like Babe Ruth stuff': After walk-off grand slam, Rays player makes surprise hospital visit". Washington Post. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  20. ^ "Daniel Robertson headed to Disabled List with sprained thumb". www.draysbay.com. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  21. ^ "Tampa Bay Rays Stats | FanGraphs Baseball". www.fangraphs.com. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  22. ^ "Daniel Robertson likely out for season". HardballTalk. August 5, 2018. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  23. ^ "Daniel Robertson » Statistics » Batting | FanGraphs Baseball". Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  24. ^ "Rays rookie Daniel Robertson follows the faith of his father". April 5, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  25. ^ "Rays infielder Daniel Robertson lends a hand to help families dealing with cancer". January 19, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  26. ^ https://www.tampabay.com/blogs/rays/2018/05/19/rays-tales-how-california-dreamin-became-reality/

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