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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On base three times in loss
OFWashington Nationals
May 24, 2019
Robles went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base in Thursday's loss to the Mets.
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The 22-year-old snapped an 0-for-12 skid with the performance, and his slash line now sits at a mediocre .244/.311/.436. The steal was Robles' first since May 6, but he now has nine on the year in 12 attempts to go along with eight homers, 17 RBI and 31 runs scored through 49 games, solid production for his first full big-league campaign.
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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
1
3
1
16
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vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
5
1
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+21%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+26%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+21%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .908 75 8 3 8 7 .286 .400 .508
Since 2017vs Right .750 220 35 8 25 5 .247 .301 .449
2019vs Left .914 45 7 2 5 5 .270 .400 .514
2019vs Right .724 157 26 6 14 4 .241 .299 .426
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
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .769 159 25 7 20 5 .241 .293 .476
Since 2017Away .814 136 18 4 13 7 .276 .366 .448
2019Home .726 99 16 5 9 3 .220 .276 .451
2019Away .803 103 17 3 10 6 .276 .366 .437
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 this season's data (min 100 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
0.23
 
BB Rate
5.8%
 
K Rate
25.6%
 
BABIP
.295
 
ISO
.192
 
AVG
.242
 
OBP
.319
 
SLG
.434
 
OPS
.753
 
wOBA
.337
 
Exit Velocity
83.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
22.3%
 
Barrels/PA
3.5%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Victor Robles
Oak's Corner: A Controversial Sell on Robles
17 days ago
Scott Jenstad wouldn’t trade Victor Robles in a keeper league, but in a single season league, Jenstad considers him a sell high candidate.
DraftKings MLB: Thursday Picks
18 days ago
Christopher Olson provides his recommendations for Thursday’s DraftKings slate, which features Rich Hill against Washington.
Yahoo DFS Baseball: Thursday Picks
18 days ago
Mike Barner tees up Thursday’s Yahoo slate, recommending an Angels stack against Ryan Carpenter and the Tigers.
Regan's Rumblings: Odd Numbers
27 days ago
Dave Regan looks at some of the more intriguing numbers in baseball, one of which being seven, the number of stolen bases by Victor Robles this season.
Rounding Third: Using RotoWire’s New Stats Tools
33 days ago
Jose Peraza's strikeout rate has skyrocketed, and he hasn't walked yet this season. Jeff Erickson shows how to find that and more on RotoWire's Plate Discipline Changes, one of the site's new features for 2019.
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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Rejoins lineup Sunday
OFWashington Nationals
May 19, 2019
Robles (wrist) is starting in center field and batting ninth Sunday night against the Cubs.
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Sits with bruised wrist
OFWashington Nationals
Wrist
May 18, 2019
Robles (wrist) will sit Saturday against the Cubs.
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Escapes with bruised wrist
OFWashington Nationals
Wrist
May 17, 2019
Robles has been diagnosed with a bruised wrist after X-rays came back negative, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.
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Leaves after HBP
OFWashington Nationals
Wrist
May 17, 2019
Robles departed Friday's game against the Cubs after being struck by a pitch on his left wrist, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
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Swats seventh homer
OFWashington Nationals
May 15, 2019
Robles went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Mets.
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