March 1, 2021

Washington Nationals: Victor Robles is the Key to Another Deep Playoff Run (Baseball Essential)


Victor Robles became the forgotten man for the Washington Nationals on the road to their 2019 World Series championship. That won’t be the case in 2020, as the 22-year-old is the key to the Nationals going on another deep playoff run.

In his first full season at the big-league level, Robles impressed, especially in the field.

He served as the Nationals outfield commander and finished first among center fielders in assists (12) and third in DRS (24). Robles is a speeding bullet, which allows him to get behind virtually any fly ball in his vicinity. This aspect of his game bodes well moving forward, as does his power.

Hitting .255 while totaling 17 home runs and 65 RBIs, he was a sneaky source of offense near the bottom of the Nationals order. He also swiped 28 bags. The combination of power and speed is tantalizing. With that said, Robles has to garner more plate discipline.

Last season he posted a 140:139 strikeout-to-hit ratio and struggled to work the count. Albeit most young hitters log strikeouts at a high rate, the center fielder may be in store for a new role that requires a different plate approach.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez has been public about the prospect of…

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