#1 Daniel Robertson
It’s no secret that in 2019 the Rays have a stacked infield. With Willy Adames, Joey Wendle, Brandon Lowe, Matt Duffy, Yandy Diaz and more all trying to get reps, players looking to secure starting jobs will need to find ways to break through and deliver excellent performances both defensively and at the plate.
For someone who can already do this, look no further than Daniel Robertson.
It’s easy to understand if you forgot that Robertson was on the team, as he spent the second half of the season on the DL with a thumb injury. The Rays played exceedingly well while he was on the shelf so it’s far easier to remember when Wendle was the primary second baseman. However, there was a time when that position was locked down by D-Rob.
Robertson showed an awful lot of promise in 2018, starting the year off hot and even leading the league in OBP in late April. His most notable moment last year was hitting a walk off grand slam against the Marlins on July 22nd.
He is an extremely valuable asset to Rays as he can play all over the diamond. He played all over the infield over 2017 and 2018, and can even play left field if needed. Couple that versatility with a disciplined approach at the plate (A 12.6% BB rate) and excellent glove work, expect Daniel to play a huge role for Tampa going into 2019.