Going into the 2017 Arizona Fall League, Robles was arguably the top overall prospect in the game. While he hasn’t exactly blown the doors off of the Fall League to this point (three extra-base hits through 29 at-bats), it’s been a long season for the 20-year-old phenom who looks to factor heavily into the Nats’ 2018 plans.
Make no mistake, Robles is a true five-tool prospect. His offensive profile boasts a future plus hit tool with plus power. His level stroke is geared more toward high contact rates and line-drive type damage, but the over-the-fence juice is in there and he will hit his share of home runs going forward. Ultimately, we are looking at Jose Ramirez (3B/2B, Indians) type potential at the dish. His double-plus (70) run tool and on-base ability (.394 OBP through 124 at-bats at Double-A) make him an intriguing top of the order option. That said, he does tend to be very aggressive in the zone, not always waiting around to get a great pitch to drive. His incredible bat to ball skills and feel for the barrel will help him, however versus big league arms he will have to show the ability to be selective in the zone in order to put up those plus OBP numbers and do consistent extra-base damage.
Defensively, he profiles as a plus defender in center field with a highly accurate, 70-grade arm. He takes good routes and possesses incredible closing speed on balls in front of him. Not since Mike Trout (CF, Angels) and Bryce Harper (RF, Nationals) were in the Fall League together in 2011 have I seen someone so clearly separate themselves from the rest of the field.
Don’t be shocked if Robles does not break camp with the big league team regardless of what he does in Spring Training – The Nats have very good options in the outfield going into 2018 already in Bryce Harper, Michael Taylor and Adam Eaton. If those guys are all healthy expect to see Robles start in Triple-A and be on the first flight out as soon as a need arises.