1. Victor Robles
Robles was the name you kept hearing during the Winter Meetings when the Washington Nationals were having the trade discussions for Chris Sale and Andrew McCutchen. At 19 years old, Robles is the consensus top prospect in most rankings for the Nats.
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In 2016, Robles was able to get up to high-A after a strong beginning of the year for Hagerstown. With the Suns, he had a slash line of .305/.405/.459 with five home runs, 30 RBI’s, and 19 stolen bases as he was named to the All-Star team.
At Potomac, Robles’ season was cut short due to injury, but the speed portion of his game is what continues to stand out. Across the three levels he played at, he had 37 stolen bases in 51 attempts. Out of the 44 hits that he had, 13 of them went for extra bases (eight doubles, two triples, and three home runs).
With Jayson Werth in the final year of his deal and Bryce Harper with just two years left on his contract, Robles figures to play a role in the future of this outfield along with Adam Eaton, whether it be in center field and right. This year, Robles played all of his games at center field, but he has played left and right field during his professional career.
Now that you’ve seen my list, I want to hear from you. Who are some of the prospects in the Washington Nationals farm system that you are keeping an eye on in 2017?