Growing up in nearby Upland, Calif., Daniel attended Angels games with his late father, Don, as a kid…when the Rays visited Anaheim last season, hundreds of his friends and family were on hand to witness him blast the first grand slam of his career…"When I swung, it was like something took over my body. It was the weirdest thing. I feel my dad's presence out here all the time"...Robertson delivered another grand slam, the first walk-off slam in Rays history, last year on July 22, but made national news for what he did after the game was over…with his postgame obligations finished, he drove to Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg to visit 15-year-old Joey Johnston…Johnston, the son of a local sportswriter, had suffered a broken neck and back in an earlier accident…"I did that for you, bud," Robertson told him…he homered again the next night, and pointed to a bracelet he was wearing in Joey's honor...In January, the Daniel Robertson Family Foundation hosted its third annual Mini Fan Fest at his training facility, PFA, in Upland, Calif. …the event raises money to support families affected by cancer and attracted more than 400 fans…friends and teammates such as Albert Pujols, Matt Davidson, Jake Faria and Jake Bauers appeared at the event…proceeds nearly doubled last year's $10,000 raised...When Daniel was informed he made his first Opening Day roster in 2017, 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...Daniel enjoys wine tastings, comedy clubs and trying new restaurants...Daniel's mother, Julie, survived the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017…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.
Enjoyed a breakout campaign in an injury- shortened season, his second year in the majors…appeared in 87 games and made 80 starts (35-2B, 25-SS, 14-3B, 4-LF, 2-DH)…also appeared in a game at first base and pitcher...On Aug 7 in St. Petersburg, Dr. Doug Carlan surgically repaired a torn ligament in his left thumb…suffered the injury sliding into second base on Aug 3 vs. CWS…the procedure ended his season...Recorded a .382 OBP…min. 300 PA, that ranked 2nd among major league middle infielders (min. 50 pct. of games there) behind HOU José Altuve (.386) and ranked 3rd in Rays history among middle infielders behind Ben Zobrist (.405) and Jason Bartlett (.389), both in 2009...Made his second Opening Day roster and first Opening Day start, batting eighth and playing second base...On April 7 at BOS, became the eighth position player to pitch in club history, first since Jesús Sucre on July 31, 2017 at HOU…pitched a perfect 8th inning on 11 pitches (7 strikes)...Hit .355/.494/.597 (22-for-62) in 20 games (19 starts) in April…his .494 OBP was the highest ever for a Ray in April, ahead of Akinori Iwamura (.479) in 2007…it was the 3rd-highest for a Ray in any calendar month, behind Fred McGriff in June 2001 (.500) and July 1999 (.500)...From May 1 through the end of his season, hit .241/.352/.370 (52-for-216) in 65 games...Reached base safely in eight consecutive plate appearances, May 17-18 at LAA, tied for the 4th-longest streak in franchise history and one shy of tying the club record...On May 19 at LAA, homered off Andrew Heaney for the first grand slam of his career…born in Upland, Calif., he became the fourth player in franchise history to hit a grand slam in his birth state…the other Rays to do that on the road were Eduardo Perez (born in Cincinnati) on June 8, 2005 at CIN and Ben Grieve (born in Arlington) on July 27, 2001 at TEX…in addition, Matt Joyce was born in Tampa and twice hit grand slams at Tropicana Field…his slam was the third in franchise history out of the leadoff spot, following Terrell Lowery on Aug 18, 1999 at DET and Randy Winn on Oct 3, 1999 vs. NYY...On July 3 at MIA, reached six times to tie the single-game club record, joining Ben Zobrist on July 20, 2012 vs. SEA and José Cruz Jr. on June 24, 2004 at TOR…went 3-for-5 with 2 BB and 1 HBP in the 16-inning victory...On July 9 vs. DET, recorded his first career walkoff hit, a 10th-inning single off Blaine Hardy...On July 22 vs. MIA, hit the first walk-off grand slam in franchise history, coming in the club's 3,337th game…it was the first walk-off, pinch-hit grand slam in the majors since NYM Ike Davis on April 5, 2014 vs. CIN, and only the second by an AL player since Baseball Reference play-byplay data is complete (1973), following BAL Terry Crowley on Aug 8, 1982 vs. KC...His walk-off grand slam was his second career walk-off hit, second career grand slam and first career pinch-hit homer…it was the sixth walkoff, pinch-hit homer in club history, first since James Loney on Sep 23, 2013 vs. BAL…it was the seventh pinch-hit grand slam in franchise history and first since Jason Bartlett on Aug 5, 2010 vs. MIN...Was the first Ray with multiple grand slams in a season since Matt Joyce in 2012...Was the first Ray with multiple walk-off hits in a season since 2013, when José Lobatón and Desmond Jennings each had two.
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.