Mariners Position Battle Update: Backup CF/ 5th Outfielder
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Dan Robertson was claimed off waivers from Dipoto’s ex, the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim, this offseason. He comes into camp as a non-roster invite. This is the second time that Dipoto has made a move to secure Robertson as a talent, so you have to imagine that there is something that Dipoto likes about his game. Robertson is 30-years-old, but 2016 will only be his third season as a professional baseball player.
Robertson is slashing .545/.583/1.091 through 8 games and 11 at bats for the Mariners this spring. He has tallied 2 doubles, 2 triples and 4 RBI in Cactus League play. In two season in the majors Robertson has played a total of 107 games with 277 plate appearances, posting a respectable .274 batting average. He spent most of his time last year playing with Class AAA Salt Lake where he turned in a .267 batting average with 20 RBI and 16 doubles in 60 games.
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The Oregon State alum is undersized at 5’8 and 205 lbs, and he will more than likely start the season in Class AAA Tacoma. Robertson’s power numbers are almost nonexistent, but with a .324 career OBP, he will get on base and will also steal a lot of bases once he gets there. He currently best serves the club as outfield depth, but his speed and ability to defend multiple spots could facilitate a midseason call-up to the Emerald City.