Victor Robles
21-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It may seem like Robles has been around forever, but he does not turn 22 until May 19. Robles played just four games at Triple-A before hyperextending his left elbow, and did not return until late July. With the exception of stealing 14 bases in 40 games, Robles' performance at Triple-A was not necessarily befitting of top-five prospect. However, the only International League hitters who logged 100 PA and were younger than Robles were Ronald Acuna and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. He also only played 37 games at Double-A in 2017, so he was pushed aggressively in addition to dealing with the elbow injury. Robles has 70-grade speed that could manifest in 30-plus steals as early as this season. He has enough power to hit 15-plus home runs and should hit at least .270 with normal luck. He will likely begin the year at the bottom of the lineup, but could earn one of the top two spots in a year or two. Read Past Outlooks
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Gets leadoff nod
OFWashington Nationals
April 18, 2019
Robles will start in right field and will serve as the Nationals' leadoff hitter in Thursday's game against the Giants.
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In each of his previous 16 starts, Robles has been deployed as the No. 9 hitter, but he'll move atop the order with Adam Eaton getting his first day off of the season. Robles' .278/.339/.556 season slash line makes him overqualified for a spot at the bottom of the lineup, but the Nationals seem to like the blend of speed and on-base skills he offers as a so-called second leadoff man.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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15
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+21%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .866 46 3 1 4 4 .300 .391 .475
Since 2017vs Right .845 123 21 5 17 2 .274 .314 .531
2019vs Left .804 16 2 0 1 2 .286 .375 .429
2019vs Right .876 60 12 3 6 1 .286 .322 .554
2018vs Left .970 28 1 1 3 2 .333 .429 .542
2018vs Right .804 38 7 2 7 1 .257 .289 .514
2017vs Left .000 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2017vs Right .833 25 2 0 4 0 .273 .333 .500
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+21%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+50%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .782 99 13 3 13 3 .264 .299 .484
Since 2017Away .950 70 11 3 8 3 .306 .386 .565
2019Home .696 39 4 1 2 1 .243 .263 .432
2019Away 1.042 37 10 2 5 2 .333 .405 .636
2018Home .843 44 7 2 9 2 .275 .318 .525
2018Away .935 22 1 1 1 1 .316 .409 .526
2017Home .833 16 2 0 2 0 .286 .333 .500
2017Away .673 11 0 0 2 0 .200 .273 .400
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How does Victor Robles compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.17
 
BB Rate
5.3%
 
K Rate
31.6%
 
BABIP
.395
 
ISO
.243
 
AVG
.286
 
OBP
.333
 
SLG
.529
 
OPS
.862
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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In a landscape where steals are increasingly difficult to find, Robles' top-of-the-scale speed gives him a leg up on most of the game's top prospects. Statcast clocked Robles at 11.12 seconds from home to third, edging out Trea Turner (11.14 seconds) for the fastest Nationals triple since tracking began in 2015. Like Turner, Robles is not a two-category singles hitter. In addition to a hit tool that has received future plus-plus grades, he has burgeoning power (.206 ISO at High-A, .165 ISO at Double-A) and won't turn 21 until May 19. The Nationals promoted him to the majors after just 37 games in the Eastern League to utilize his elite defense and baserunning in September, but he will return to the minors after spring training, getting his first taste of Triple-A. Robles is not a finished product, and Washington can afford to let him refine his skills on the farm indefinitely. Look for him to either force the issue for a permanent promotion in June or July, or be summoned earlier if the injury bug bites.
While his production didn't quite keep pace with the hype last year, he still put together an impressive campaign for a teenager playing in full-season ball. His athletic gifts remain exceptional, offering the potential for Gold Glove defense in center field along with a 70-grade hit tool and plus speed. However, it's the development of the rest of his skill set that makes him truly special. His 7.1 percent walk rate in 41 games at High-A Potomac exactly matched the major league rate of one of his most common comps, Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain, and allows him to profile as a player whose OBP won't be entirely dependent on his batting average. His power stroke also showed some incremental growth, keeping alive the possibility that he will become a true five-tool stud once he matures. The Nationals have no reason to rush Robles after picking up Adam Eaton this offseason, but questions persist about Eaton's defensive chops in center field, while it is well-known that he is exceptional in right. Look for Robles to push Eaton to an outfield corner at some point in 2018.
In dynasty leagues that do not allow in-season pickups, Robles will be one of the top players available. At the All-Star break, the athletic center fielder seemed poised to be a trendy sleeper prospect this offseason. The word “trendy” may still apply, but he has shed the “sleeper” tag completely, as he should now be seen as a top-50 prospect in real life and dynasty leagues. Robles slashed .343/.424/.479 with two home runs and 12 steals in 38 games with short season Auburn at age 18, and he had a 1.045 OPS in 23 games in rookie ball to start the year before his promotion mercifully saved GCL pitchers from the task of facing him. A 70-grade hit tool and 70-grade speed are possible while offering plus defense in center field in his prime, essentially mirroring Lorenzo Cain's 2015 campaign on an annual basis. Robles will get his first taste of a full season league to start the year, and he should finish the year as a top-10 prospect.
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Not starting Sunday
OFWashington Nationals
April 14, 2019
Robles is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Pirates.
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Swipes first bag
OFWashington Nationals
April 7, 2019
Robles went 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, a stolen base and three runs scored Sunday against the Mets.
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Goes deep
OFWashington Nationals
April 4, 2019
Robles hit a solo home run in a 4-0 victory against the Mets on Thursday.
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Doesn't move up in order
OFWashington Nationals
April 3, 2019
Robles will bat ninth and start in center field Wednesday against the Phillies.
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Hits first home run
OFWashington Nationals
March 30, 2019
Robles went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a solo home run in Saturday's 11-8 loss to the Mets.
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