Victor Robles Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 0" / 190 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 5/19/1997 (25)
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Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles has altered his batting stance after his hands ended up in a different spot over time and with bad habits. Hitting coach Darnell Coles has repositioned Robles' hands and made some additional adjustments to his stance. Robles hit .255 with 17 home runs and 65 RBI in his first full year in the majors in 2019, but he has struggled at the plate since, ultimately being sent to Triple-A Rochester late last year when his average dipped to .203. The 24-year-old has moved his hands back up, creating a quicker path to the baseball. Robles is also putting his foot down earlier and opening up his stance. He started the season 0-for-18 with seven strikeouts, but he has five hits in his last six games to raise his average to .150.
Washington Nationals outfielders Lane Thomas and Victor Robles are both out of the lineup for Friday's game against right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer and the New York Mets. Thomas and Robles are both right-handed hitters and manager Dave Martinez has chosen to go lefty-heavy with Friday's lineup. Left-hander Yadiel Hernandez is getting the start in left field while fellow lefty Dee Strange-Gordon is starting in center field. Thomas and Robles both started in Thursday's season opener, but they went a combined 0-for-5 with a walk and three strikeouts. We could see both players end up platooning a bit unless they can find some consistency at the plate.
The Washington Nationals and outfielder Victor Robles have agreed on a one-year, $1.65 million deal to avoid arbitration. The 24-year-old is coming off a rough season. Over 107 games with the Nationals, he slashed .203/.310/.295 with two home runs, eight stolen bases and 37 runs. He was demoted for a period last year and played 26 games between Double-A and Triple-A, slashing .306/.385/.576 across the stint. He's slated to be the Nationals' starting center fielder to open the 2022 campaign, but he's likely to hit at or near the bottom of the lineup. He doesn't offer any fantasy appeal at this point.
Coming off a 17 home run, 28 stolen base campaign in 2019, outfielder Victor Robles failed to live up to expectations in 2020. Robles posted just a .220/.293/.315 line to go with only three HR and four stolen bases over 189 plate appearances. His inability to get on base, fueled by a huge drop in his zone contact rate (down to 78.8% from 85.7% in 2019), high strikeout rate, and a 4.8% walk rate (in the bottom 9% in all of MLB) certainly played a part in his low SB totals. Robles also saw a huge decline in sprint speed in 2020, dropping from an elite 29.3 ft/sec in 2019 (95th percentile) to 28 ft/sec (79th percentile), adding to the SB woes. As far as power metrics, Robles bottomed out in overall exit velocity, overall barrel rate, and overall hard-hit rate, landing in the bottom 1-to-5% in all of MLB in those categories. Additionally, his 2020 exit velocity on FB/LD of 85.7 mph was a drastic drop from his 88.6 mph figure in 2019, further supporting the low HR output. Given his pedigree and his young age of 23, managers willing to throw out 2020 based on the small sample size could gamble and expend a middle-to-late round draft pick on him (ADP of 159). That said, his decrease in sprint speed, together with poor power and contact metrics, don't infer an imminent rebound to 2019 totals. This suggests that his current ADP may even be high. If managers can get Robles beyond the 200th pick in drafts, it may be worth a gamble to see if 2020 was, in fact, an outlier. Otherwise, managers should let someone else roll the dice here.