SF Giants: Daniel Robertson Signs with the Brewers

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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 19: Daniel Robertson #2 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the seventh inning at RingCentral Coliseum on September 19, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

According to Robert Murray of FanSided, a former SF Giants middle infielder has found a home for 2021.

Daniel Robertson briefly appeared with the SF Giants in 2020, but he has latched on with the Milwaukee Brewers on a major league deal. The financial part of the deal was not released.

The utility infielder was drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft by the Oakland Athletics but was shipped to the Tampa Bay Rays along with John Jason and Boog Powell in exchange for Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar.

As he climbed up the minor league ladder, Robertson was regarded as a top prospect and ranked as high as no. 65 according to MLB.Com before 2015. Across eight minor league seasons, he slashed .280/.371/.411 with 42 home runs, 116 doubles, and 235 RBI.

He never hit with a lot of power but posted a solid 10.5 percent walk rate against a 17.4 percent strikeout rate in the minors.

He debuted with the Rays in 2017 and posted a .634 OPS across 254 plate appearances in his rookie campaign. Since his debut, the right-handed bat has posted a .234/.342/.352 line (91 OPS+) with 16 home runs, 32 doubles, and 74 RBI. This comes with an 11.6 percent walk rate, so he has continued to show good plate discipline.

In the field, the 26-year-old has major league experience at every position except for catcher and center field. His best position is second base (five career DRS, 1.9 UZR), but he can handle the left side of the diamonds a spot starter as well.

Roberston was placed on waivers by the Rays in August, and the Giants worked out a trade for cash considerations. With San Francisco, he collected seven hits in 21 at-bats while working three walks. The Giants decided to non-tender him in November, rather than pay him a raise through arbitration, thereby making him a free agent.

He joins a Milwaukee Brewers team that has a handful of non-established middle infielders on the 40-man roster, so Robertson has a shot at carving out a role for the 2021 Brewers. Despite his short stay with the Giants, Robertson showed that he has several qualities to stick on a major league roster, and hopefully the Brewers give him the chance.