Prediction: Daniel Robertson will end 2019 as the starting third baseman
There aren’t many baseball players that I am as high on as I am when I talk about Daniel Robertson. A really good all around ballplayer, Robertson will play big role in 2019. Prior to a season ending injury, the former 3rd round draft pick of the Oakland A’s, was putting together a sneaky good year.
In just over 280 at bats, Robertson hit .262/.382/.415 while driving 9 balls over the outfield wall and ending with an OPS+ of 122. Sure, the incumbent third baseman Matt Duffy is a nice guy and all but Robertson doubled Duffy’s number of homers and eclipsed his OPS+, SLG, OBP, bWAR and matched Duffy’s fWAR, all while playing nearly 50 fewer games.
If Robertson enters 2019 playing as well as he did when injuries forced him to end his 2018 season, then it shouldn’t be long until Kevin Cash opts to pencil his name in over Duffy’s. One of the driving forces could be Robertson’s power potential from the right side of the plate, something the Rays could use heading into 2019.
Robertson will be a pivotal piece of the Rays not only this season but in the seasons to come as he will plug a hole at third, a position that the Rays are rather thin at organizationally.