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Tampa Bay Rays 2020 Player Profile: Daniel Robertson

PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 17: Daniel Robertson #28 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during photo day on February 17, 2019 in Port Charlotte, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 17: Daniel Robertson #28 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during photo day on February 17, 2019 in Port Charlotte, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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Daniel Robertson flashing the glove. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) /

Daniel Robertson returns to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2020 providing a great glove, a good eye and versatility.

Tampa Bay Rays let fellow righties, Jesus Aguilar and Matt Duffy go in the off-season. If they don’t acquire another right-handed bat, Robertson could see a lot more action than the 84 plate appearances in his Steamer projection.

Daniel Robertson
Position: 2B, SS, 3B
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 5-11
Weight: 200lb
Birthdate: 03/22/1994
Birthplace: Upland, CA
Acquired via trade 01/10/2015: Tampa Bay Rays traded Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist for John Jaso, Boog Powell, and Daniel Robertson.
2019 Salary: $570,300
2020 Salary: $1,100,000
Free Agent: 2024

2019 Stats
WAR: .2
AVG: .213
OBP: .312
SLG: .295
OPS:  .607
Games: 73
AB:  207
R: 23
2B: 9
3B: 1
HR: 9
RBI: 19
BB: 24
SB: 2
CS: 2
SO: 59
OPS+: 66

Splits
VS LHP: .187/.291/.276
VS RHP: .250/.344/.321

Fun Facts

  • Despite having a down offensive season, Daniel Robertson hit .313/.421/.375 late in games and in close situations.
  • 2018 showed a different player at the play with a .262/.382/.415 slash.
  • A run saved is a run saved is a good as a run earned. in 209 Robertson had five defensive runs saved in only 26 games at second base.
  • Even though Robertson has a career average of .231 he still has a 3.4 WAR in 236 career games.
  • Despite only hitting .213 last season he still managed 24 walks in 237 plate appearances.
  • Robertson has 707 career and 96 walks.

2020 Steamer Projections

.236/.330/.358
Games: 20
HR: 2
RBI: 8
1 SB

Judging by the projections, Steamer doesn’t see a lot of playing time for the utility player. He showed a lot of promise in 2018 and could still be a valuable piece. The Rays have enough confidence in him to pay him over a million dollars in arbitration, which is saying a lot when talking about the Rays.

*Stats for this profile were harvested from ESPNSteamerBaseball-reference, and Fangraphs.

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