More On The Athletics: Daniel Robertson
Another breakout candidate: Daniel Robertson
The A’s got a potential superstar shortstop prospect when they took Addison Russell with the 11th overall pick in the 2012 Draft. They got a second quality prospect at the position with their next selection.
Robertson, signed for $1.5 million as the 34th overall choice, batted .277/.353/.401 as a 19-year-old in the low Class A Midwest League last year. The most promising member of an all-prospect Beloit infield, he makes consistent hard contact and has the bat speed and strength to blossom into a 15-homer threat. His numbers could take a huge jump this year as he moves to the hitter’s haven that is the high Class A California League.
While he’s a below-average runner, Oakland gives Robertson a chance to stay at shortstop. His arm, hands and instincts are all assets, and he’s a reliable fielder who made just 13 errors in 99 games at Beloit.
“He can play shortstop,” farm director Keith Lieppman said. “He’s steady like Mike Bordick was but with some power. He has great makeup. He’s a tough kid.”