In addition to Victor Robles, another Washington Nationals outfield prospect that teams are interested in acquiring is Telmito Agustin
While Victor Robles remains in the Washington Nationals farm system as their top position player prospect, that hasn’t stopped other teams from trying to acquire him. However, Byron Kerr of MASN has reported that teams have been asking about another Nats outfield prospect, Telmito Agustin:
On Wednesday, Kerr mentioned Agustin as one of the players who was discussed in trade talks by the Washington Nationals during this week’s Winter Meetings. Here is what Kerr wrote about the 20-year-old outfielder:
"“Signifying that the Nationals developmental talent base is growing, another intriguing prospect whose name has been mentioned in trade talks at the Winter Meetings is left fielder Telmito Agustin… One scout said Agustin has displayed plus-plus speed and is a plus defender, and they are waiting to see if the power will develop.”"
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Last season, at low-A Hagerstown, Agustin had a slash line of .256/.309/.387 with five home runs and 30 RBI’s in 72 games. He ended up being on the seven-day disabled list twice during the season.
Augustin is well known for his speed. This past season, he was 14-for-23 in stolen bases, which was seventh on the Suns roster. However, out of the players who had ten or more steals, Agustin played the second fewest games (Max Schrock – 67).
In 2014, Augustin started his career in the Dominican Summer League and hit .300 with four home runs and 41 RBI’s while stealing 25 bases in 60 games. His 25 stolen bases were the team high and three ahead of Robles (22).
One year later, Augustin played in 45 games combined in the DSL and at short-season Auburn. He hit .344 with 22 RBI’s, stole 22 bases, and had a .380 on-base percentage. With those numbers, Agustin was named a Nationals organizational All-Star by MILB.com.
On defense, Augustin played 51 games in left field in 2016, but did play 13 games in center field as well. As MLB Pipeline wrote, he has definitely improved on his defense over the past three seasons as he is their 26th ranked prospect in the Nats system:
"“Agustin was one of Washington’s more improved outfielders in 2016 after making strides with his routes and angles to the ball. He’s capable of playing center field but profiles better in left, where his speed and average arm strength are cleaner fits.”"
If Robles is the outfielder of the future in Washington D.C, then Agustin is definitely a player to keep an eye on as a possible trade chip going forward. He might not have much power right now, but at just 20 years old, the left-handed Agustin is definitely a hitter to watch in the Washington Nationals system going forward.