Victor Robles

Position: CF
Level: Class A
Affiliate: Hagerstown Suns
Age: 18
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: Signed as a J2 international free agent (Dominican Republic), 7/2/13 (WSH)

Prospect Spotlight

The Potential Tools: 70 run, 70 arm, 60 hit, 60 glove, 50 power

Strengths: Premium upside; borderline elite run; graceful, quick strides; premium athlete; plus bat speed; very advanced skillset at the plate; quality pitch ID skills and knowledge of strike zone; explosive hands and strong wrists; feel for barreling-up pitches in all quadrants of the zone; ability to lift mistake pitches to all fields; comfort with driving pitches to opposite field gap; compact stroke through the hitting zone; plus-plus run; ability to be a threat on basepaths; extreme range to both gaps in center field from speed and reactions off the bat; plus-plus arm strength; above-average raw power – average power projection in future; future top-five prospect.

Weaknesses: Large developmental path; can be overly aggressive in field; present gap between present and future power; hit tool needs to stay on linear developmental path; more a toolsy profile than true polish; accuracy can vary on throws presently; limited pro experience.

Role Ceiling: 60; first-division center fielder; potential all-star.

Risk: Extreme; long developmental path; raw skills; limited pro experience.

Summary: One of the more raw, but toolsy players in all of the minors, Robles had great success in his first extended stint in pro ball. He flashes a five-tool potential profile at one of the premier defensive positions and it’s carried by his near elite run and potential plus hitting ability. His compact, explosive stroke will bode well as he adds more weight and strength to his frame and physically matures. Robles shows off a plus-plus arm in center field, and he has the range to cover serious ground to both gaps.

As Robles gets stronger, his average potential power will manifest in-game and complete his total package. As he refines his overall game and moves up the minor leagues, Robles should end up a top-five prospect in all of baseball.