Victor Robles
21-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Heads to bench Saturday
OFWashington Nationals
September 29, 2018
Robles is not in the lineup Saturday in Colorado.
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The young center fielder is hitting a solid .286/.328/.536 with three homers in 19 games for the Nationals this season. Bryce Harper will slide over to center in his absence, with Adam Eaton starting in right.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+21%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .900 30 1 1 3 2 .308 .400 .500
Since 2016vs Right .815 63 9 2 11 1 .263 .306 .509
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
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .841 60 9 2 11 2 .278 .322 .519
Since 2016Away .846 33 1 1 3 1 .276 .364 .483
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
BB/K
0.33
 
BB Rate
6.1%
 
K Rate
18.2%
 
BABIP
.311
 
ISO
.237
 
AVG
.288
 
OBP
.348
 
SLG
.525
 
OPS
.874
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
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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Stays hot in loss to Rockies
OFWashington Nationals
September 29, 2018
Robles went 2-for-5 with a double and a stolen base in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Rockies.
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Explodes on offense
OFWashington Nationals
September 26, 2018
Robles went 4-for-5 with a homer, five RBI and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.
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Sits for second straight
OFWashington Nationals
September 25, 2018
Robles is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins.
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Hits bench Monday
OFWashington Nationals
September 24, 2018
Robles is not in the lineup Monday against the Marlins.
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Playing time increasing
OFWashington Nationals
September 21, 2018
Robles is in the lineup Friday against the Mets for the fourth time in five games.
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