May
22

2012 Draft: Daniel Robertson

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The 2012 amateur draft is less than two weeks away, so between now and then I’m going to highlight some prospects individually rather than lump them together into larger posts.

Daniel Robertson | SS/3B

Background
A California kid from the Los Angeles suburbs, Robertson (no relation to David as far as I know) stars at Upland High School and is committed to UCLA. He was also heavily recruited by Georgia and Arizona, so some of the biggest baseball programs in the country had their eye on him.

Scouting Report
Robertson is listed at 6-foot-0 and 190 lbs. and although the consensus is that he won’t have the mobility to remain at shortstop, he has all the tools to develop into a standout defender at the hot corner thanks to his arm, instincts, and soft hands. He’s projected to be a high-average hitter from the right side thanks to his quick bat and innate ability to get the barrel on the ball. Most of his power is into the gaps but Robertson has hinted at future power potential, so there’s a chance he’ll turn into a complete all-around hitter. He’s earned the “gamer” tag for his all-out style of play and has drawn raves for his advanced approach, baseball acumen, and polish.

Miscellany
Both Baseball America (35th overall) and Keith Law (38th) recently ranked Robertson and a fringe first round talent while MLB.com has him a little further down the list at #58 overall. Chances are someone will like him enough to grab him before the Yankees’ two second round picks (#89 and #94 overall) come around, so they’d have to grab Robertson in the first round (#30 overall) if they want him. The Yankees have had no trouble bucking the consensus and reaching for players the last few years, and Robertson fits their mold as a polished high school player with strong makeup and two-way skills.

Categories : Draft

6 Comments»

  1. A.D. says:

    Tough as one of those “tween” picks where they need to either reach for him in the first round or really have him drop in the 2nd

  2. Voice of Reason says:

    “He’s earned the “gamer” tag for his all-out style of play and has drawn raves for his advanced approach, baseball acumen, and polish.”

    We can see that he’s white from watching the video.

  3. Carl LaFong says:

    THe new amateur draft slotting money rules insures that this kid goes to college where he can grow, mature, & develop for four more years w/a great baseball program at UCLA & when he graduates, maybe MLB will have come to their senses & revamped the ridiculous cap on spending for prospects. No way any team risks drafting this kid because he’s clearly going to want at the very least first found dough in the $2 Mil. area to sign & that’s already over the slot for the 1st round. The new draft/signing rules are ill-advised & short-sighted to say the least!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hey Carl, you sure sound like you know the kid? Funny you say no team risks drafting him, yet he’s been invited to workouts all over for the country in the next week as teams try to evaluate what they are going to do with there first few picks… Not to mention he had cross checkers and scouting directors, asst GM’s and VP’s at his games all year long.. And have you heard hEard him say personally he wants 2 mil? You get what you get now depending on slot of where you’re picked, unless teams work out deals with kids to give them less than slot so they can spread out more money to the other 9 rounds of the top 10… And he knows That.. So he’ll either take what he has coming to him wherever he’s picked or he’ll go to school, simple as That.. Lay off the pipe before you make outlandish comments about a kid you don’t even know.. You’re probably some parent who’s kid is ranked near him or below and you’re just pissed because this kid is better!

  5. Carl LaFongs dong says:

    Hey Carl, you sure sound like you know the kid? Funny you say no team risks drafting him, yet he’s been invited to workouts all over for the country in the next week as teams try to evaluate what they are going to do with there first few picks… Not to mention he had cross checkers and scouting directors, asst GM’s and VP’s at his games all year long.. And have you heard hEard him say personally he wants 2 mil? You get what you get now depending on slot of where you’re picked, unless teams work out deals with kids to give them less than slot so they can spread out more money to the other 9 rounds of the top 10… And he knows That.. So he’ll either take what he has coming to him wherever he’s picked or he’ll go to school, simple as That.. Lay off the pipe before you make outlandish comments about a kid you don’t even know.. You’re probably some parent who’s kid is ranked near him or below and you’re just pissed because this kid is better!

    Get a life!!!

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