Victor Robles
22-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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Back in action
OFWashington Nationals
October 14, 2019
Robles (hamstring) is back in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cardinals on Monday.
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Robles has been out of action for 10 days after injuring his hamstring in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. He's ready to go now, batting eighth and playing center field, pushing Michael Taylor to the bench.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
16
4
34
34
19
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
12
2
8
8
7
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+1%
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 .766 189 22 4 16 14 .258 .354 .411
Since 2017vs Right .755 521 74 16 63 17 .258 .317 .438
2019vs Left .740 159 21 3 13 12 .248 .346 .394
2019vs Right .746 458 65 14 52 16 .257 .319 .428
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
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .813 355 54 12 39 13 .268 .327 .486
Since 2017Away .703 355 42 8 40 18 .247 .328 .375
2019Home .807 295 45 10 28 11 .266 .328 .479
2019Away .688 322 41 7 37 17 .244 .324 .364
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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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.25
 
BB Rate
5.7%
 
K Rate
22.7%
 
BABIP
.310
 
ISO
.165
 
AVG
.255
 
OBP
.326
 
SLG
.419
 
OPS
.745
 
wOBA
.327
 
Exit Velocity
83.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
24.9%
 
Barrels/PA
3.1%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Victor Robles
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4 days ago
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6 days ago
Sasha Yodashkin looks over Wednesday's two-game slate as Ronald Acuna carries Atlanta's offense into a winner-take-all Game 5 against the Cardinals.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
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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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Remains on bench
OFWashington Nationals
Hamstring
October 12, 2019
Robles (hamstring) is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cardinals on Saturday.
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Remains sidelined
OFWashington Nationals
Hamstring
October 11, 2019
Robles (hamstring) is on the Nationals' NLCS roster but is not in the lineup for Game 1 against the Cardinals on Friday.
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Sitting for Game 5
OFWashington Nationals
Hamstring
October 9, 2019
Robles (hamstring) is not in the lineup Wednesday for Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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Not in Game 4 lineup
OFWashington Nationals
Hamstring
October 7, 2019
Robles (hamstring) is not in the lineup Monday against the Dodgers for Game 4 of the NLDS.
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Diagnosed with hamstring strain
OFWashington Nationals
Hamstring
October 6, 2019
Robles (hamstring) had an MRI on Saturday and it revealed a mild hamstring strain which will keep him out of the Nationals' lineup Sunday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
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