Daniel's mother, Julie, survived the Las Vegas shooting last October…she and her friend were originally close to the concert stage but moved back to get a water before Jason Aldean performed…Daniel got word of her safety when she called from a hiding spot behind a slot machine in a nearby casino... When Daniel was informed he made the Opening Day roster last season, he found a quiet place to play a saved voicemail from his father, Don, who passed away with lung cancer in September 2013…in the voicemail, his father relayed how proud he was of his son at the time…Don's encouragement-"believe you belong"-is now tattooed on Daniel's arm... In January, the Daniel Robertson Family Foundation hosted its second annual Mini Fan Fest in Upland, Calif. …the event raises money to support families affected by cancer... Daniel worked out with Albert Pujols at UC-Irvine over the offseason.
Spent most of his rookie season with the Rays, his first career major league action…had two stints with the club: Opening Day-Aug 25 (included a disabled list stint from June 27- Aug 3) and Sep 21 through the end of the season... Appeared in 75 games with 68 starts (38-2B, 18-SS, 10-3B, 2-DH)…at second base, only made 1 error in 134 chances for a .993 fielding pct... Was 23 years, 11 days old on Opening Day, the youngest Ray to make an Opening Day roster since Matt Moore in 2012 (22) and the youngest position player since 2007, when Elijah Dukes (22), Melvin Upton Jr. (22) and Delmon Young (21) all did it... Recorded 8 RBI over a 5-game stretch, all starts, from June 15-19…outside of that span, totaled 11 RBI in his other 70 games (62 starts)... Ended the season hitless in his last 19 AB…hit .167/.355/.208 (4-for-24) in 9 games (8 starts) during his second stint with the Rays... Made his major league debut on April 4 vs. NYY…was the sixth player in franchise history to make his major league debut as the starting designated hitter and first since Vince Belnome on July 3, 2014 at DET... On April 7 vs. TOR, recorded his first career hit, a 1st-inning single off Francisco Liriano... On April 20 vs. DET, recorded his first career extra-base hit, home run and run batted in, a solo shot off Warwick Saupold…at 23 years, 29 days, became the youngest Ray to homer since Wil Myers on Sep 16, 2013 vs. TEX (22 years, 280 days) and the youngest Rays third baseman since Evan Longoria on Sep 25, 2008 at DET (22 years, 354 days)... On June 16-17 at DET, became the first rookie middle infielder in Rays history to have multiple hits and at least 2 RBI in back-to-back games, and the first Rays rookie middle infielder with at least 2 RBI in back-to-back games since Josh Wilson from July 21-22, 2007... Placed on the 10-day DL on June 27 with neck spasms, retroactive to June 26…reinstated on Aug 4, missing 32 games... Hit .372/.426/.488 (16-for-43) with 2 2B and 1 HR in 11 regular season games for Triple-A Durham…had 1 HR and 3 RBI in the Bulls Governors' Cup clinching win.
Spent the season with Triple-A Durham, playing in 118 games…made 112 starts at three different infield positions (74-SS, 20-2B, 18-3B)...Did not commit an error in 98 total chances at 2B…had a .974 fielding pct. (304-TC, 8-E) at SS and a .942 fielding pct. (52-TC, 3-ER) at 3B...Led the team with 113 hits…ranked among team leaders in runs (50, 3rd), total bases (155, 3rd), walks (58, 3rd) and HBP (11, 1st)…his 100 SO were the most in his career...Had a higher avg. vs. LHP (.280) than RHP (.250), but a higher OBP vs. RHP (.364) than LHP (.342)...Hit .270/.406/.409 (37-for-137) with 2 HR and 12 RBI after the All-Star break...Was a non-roster invite to Rays spring training for the second straight year…reassigned to minor league camp on March 15...Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 15 prospect in the Rays organization following the season.