Nationals’ top prospect Victor Robles is heading to the majors after tearing up Double-A competition over the past six weeks.
Robles batted .324 in 37 games with Double-A Harrisburg, and recently posted an 18-game hitting streak that came to an end on Saturday. The 20-year-old is widely considered to be a five-tool player that was one of the Nationals’ untouchable commodities at the trade deadline.
Baseball Prospectus ranked Robles as the seventh best prospect in baseball prior to this season, and is currently number four on MLB’s list. He was a participant in the All-Star Futures Game in Miami back in July. His power is expected to develop with age, and he has a quality glove for all three outfield positions.
Should Robles struggle at the plate in his first stint with the Nationals, he could be used as a pinch runner down the stretch, as he possesses blazing speed on the bases.
The Nationals sit comfortably in first place in the NL East but have been hit hard by the injury bug in the outfield this season, most notably Bryce Harper, who is still on the DL for a knee injury.