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Prospect spotlight: Victor Robles

Nov 29, 2015, 9:36 AM EDT

Photo by the Associated Press

Age on Opening Day 2016: 18

How acquired: Signed as international free agent in 2013

Position: Outfielder

Prospect Rank: No. 3 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America)

2015 Level/Team: GULF-GCL Nationals, NYPL-Auburn

2015 Stats: (two teams) 61 G, 261 PA, 213 AB, 48 R, 75 H, 11 2B, 5 3B, 4 HR, 27 RBI, 24 SB, 5 CS, 18 BB, 33 SO, .352 BA, .445 OBP, .507 SLG, .952 OPS, 21 HBP

2015 Analysis: One of the fastest-rising prospects in the game, outfielder Victor Robles got his first glimpse at professional baseball in the U.S. this year after previously appearing only in the Dominican Summer League. In 2015 he played 61 total games, beginning the year in the Gulf Coast League before moving on to play the majority of his season with the Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn League.

Robles turned 18 in May, but showed no signs of being overwhelmed in either the GCL or the NYPL. In both leagues he hit over .340 and stole bases with regularity. His combined numbers for this past season are very impressive and help demonstrate the variety of tools he brings to the equation. He projects as an elite hitter from the right side with plus-speed, a tremendous outfield arm and the potential for power down the road.

Robles was ranked as the 25th-best prospect in the Nats’ farm system a year ago and is now considered by Baseball America as No. 3 behind only Lucas Giolito and Trea Turner. That is a significant jump for a guy who is still so young. He may be a few years away from the big leagues, but Robles looks like a future big league center fielder and perhaps even a star in the making.

2016 Outlook: This season should provide Robles an opportunity to start at one of the Nationals’ Single-A affiliates. The likely landing spot is Hagerstown, where Robles could find himself earning a promotion elsewhere by the end of 2016.

The numbers Robles put up in 2015 are amazing, but it is hard to project how he will fare in Single-A. This season will be big in terms of evaluating Robles’ future as a prospect and gauging how far he is from the majors. If he dominates against higher levels of competition, then Robles could put himself on the fast-track to Washington.

Right now the best-case scenario would seem to line up with Jayson Werth’s contract. Werth has two more years left on his deal and will turn 39 in 2018. By then, Robles will be 20 going on 21. That’s still very young, but it’s not inconceivable to think he will be ready by then with the way he has developed so far.

  1. Joe Seamhead - Nov 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    So far, by all indications and accounts, this kid plays way over 18 years old. “Game changer” is what I have heard said about him.

  2. langleyclub - Nov 29, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Other teams covet Robles. Robles is the first name brought up when Rizzo seeks pieces from another teams. Out performed much older players at Auburn last year. 5 tool player with a huge upside. Would hate to see Robles dealt.

    • veejh - Nov 29, 2015 at 11:03 AM

      I haven’t heard much about this kid, but it sounds like we better hang on to him to really see what we got.

    • unkyd59 - Nov 29, 2015 at 11:57 AM

      I’m hoping that this kind of +++ prospect wouldn’t be available, unless we NEED an allstar level starting player, which at this point, I don’t think is the case…fingers crossed…

  3. unkyd59 - Nov 29, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    JZim, Tigers agree… haven’t seen any details…

    • veejh - Nov 29, 2015 at 12:16 PM

      Why don’t we just swap staffs with Detroit?

  4. Drew - Nov 29, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    The good news is the Nats won’t have to face JZIM and that he’s moving closer to his Wisconsin home.

    The bad news is that the Tigers’ first round pick (No. 9) is protected, so we get their second pick.

    As for Robles, it will be very interesting to see how he fares against better competition.

    • virginiascopist - Nov 29, 2015 at 12:18 PM

      We do not, I believe, “get” Detroit’s pick. We receive a compensation pick between rounds 1 and 2 regardless of the fact that Detroit does not have to sacrifice their first round pick.

      And we may have to face him this season as the Tigers will be coming to D.C. In May.

      • veejh - Nov 29, 2015 at 12:25 PM

        Correct on getting a pick between rounds.

        Maybe there’s a chance we don’t see JZimm, but I wouldn’t mind facing him as the fans weren’t able to give him a standing O before he left DC.

  5. Jeff - Nov 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Hagerstown ??
    Gardner Robles. Wiseman. Outfield ?
    Terrific infield pairings for hags





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