2012 Lake Monster is 90th former Vermont player to reach Majors
Oakland A's first-round picks Daniel Robertson and Addison Russell at historic Centennial Field back in 2012.
By Paul Stanfield / Vermont Lake Monsters | April 1, 2017 2:12 PM ET
BURLINGTON, VT --- 2012 Vermont Lake Monsters infielder Daniel Robertson has earned a spot on the Tampa Bay Rays opening day roster and will become the 90th former Lake Monsters player all-time on a Major League roster when the Rays open their 2017 season on Sunday vs. the New York Yankees.
A first-round pick of the Oakland Athletics in the 2012 draft, Robertson joined the Lake Monsters that summer and hit .181 (17-for-94) with one home run (off the Centennial Field videoboard) and eight RBI in 26 games. Robertson was one of three first-round picks (Addison Russell and Matt Olson) to play for Vermont that summer and advance to the Majors.
After playing Single-A ball in the A's organization in 2013 and 2014, Robertson was traded (along with 2013 Lake Monster Boog Powell) to the Tampa Bay Rays in a deal that sent Ben Zobrist to Oakland. Since joining the Rays organization, the 23-year-old Robertson played for Double-A Montgomery in 2015 and Triple-A Durham in 2016 (hit .259 with five home runs in 118 games for the Bulls).
Robertson will be one of three former Lake Monsters on the Tampa Bay opening day roster, joining 2005 Lake Monster outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and 2008 Lake Monster Derek Norris. For a complete list of former Vermont Lake Monsters in the Major Leagues, click here to view Major League Monsters page
Paul Stanfield is the Media Relations Director for the Vermont Lake Monsters.
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