Victor Robles CF Potomac Nationals
DOB: 5/19/97 Height: 6-0 Weight: 185 Bats: Right Throws: Right
7-Word Scouting Report: Elite Prospect, Exceptional Athlete, Impact 2-Way Centerfielder
Future Grades: Hit (60) Power (55) Run (60+) Defense (60) Arm (60+)
International free agent signed for $225,000 by Washington in 2013; 20y/o listed at 6-0 185lbs with impressive physicality – a lithe, projectable obvious athlete with long legs, a high waist and a wiry upper body, projects to add 7-10lbs of muscle as he matures. Robles possesses plus or better speed, routinely posting 4.12 – 4.18 second times home to first. He appears to have quality makeup, seems popular with his teammates and is consistently smiling on the field.
In the field Robles has outstanding potential – he has a very strong arm for center field, shows good carry and accuracy, easy “60”. Robles utilizes his plus speed to cover tremendous ground, excellent range in all directions. Only (minor) knock defensively is Robles does not always take the most direct route to the baseball – this should improve with repetition but instincts are more solid than elite. Profiles well as a “60” defender in center field.
Right-handed hitter; quick-twitch athlete with lightning fast wrists – generates obvious and noticeable bat speed, whips the barrel through the zone. Advanced approach at the plate and awareness of the strike zone, will work the count, hunts fastballs and recognizes spin well. Impressive barrel skills, which coupled with impressive bat speed allows the ball to jump off his bat – shows power to all fields during batting practice and to the pull side in game action, generates more power than one might expect from his physique. Robles reminds me a great deal of Alfonso Soriano with his swing and body. Still needs minor league at-bats, but projects as a potential plus hitter with above-average raw power.
Robles is a truly exceptional athlete with developing 5-tool major league potential. The only true warts in his game at this point are a lack of polish both offensively and defensively – he needs refinement in the outfield to improve routes and the challenge of Double-A pitchers with better command and offspeed offerings. He should receive a promotion to Double-A in the next 30-45 days and could reach the major leagues sometime in 2018 as a 21-year-old.
Robles has a relatively high floor as a prospect due to his defensive ability, speed and raw power – he profiles comfortably as a league-average center fielder if the hit tool lags against better competition. Robles projects as an impact 2-way centerfielder at his peak, with a ceiling as a .280-.290 hitter with mid-teens power and fringe gold-glove defense. This is an elite talent and one of the best prospects I have evaluated at this level.