With a 1 for 3 night at the plate, a walk, two runs scored, and an RBI, Victor Robles, the top prospect in the Washington Nationals’ organization and No. 2 overall prospect in all of baseball according to MLB.com’s Pipeline scouts, earned the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game MVP award.
Robles, 20, walked in his first at bat in the AFL’s showcase, stole second base, moved up on a single, and scored on a groundout to put the East up 1-0 early in what ended up a 4-2 win.
After grounding out in the third, and striking out in the fifth, Robles hit a game-tying RBI single to short left in his final at bat of the night in the eighth, knotting things up at 2-2 before scoring the go-ahead run on an RBI hit by now-former Nationals’ prospect Sheldon Neuse, who was dealt to the Oakland Athletics in the deal for A’s relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson this past July.
Victor Robles wins Fall Stars MVP Award after going 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a stolen base in the East’s 4-2 win. pic.twitter.com/tuYudBc8Ip— Arizona Fall League (@MLBazFallLeague) November 5, 2017
Robles told reporters after the game, as quoted by MLB.com’s William Boor, that he was taking advantage of the opportunity to play in Arizona and show the Nats what he’s capable of doing.
"[I'm] taking advantage of it," Robles said. “[I'm] coming out here and really trying to do [my] best, so the team, the Nationals, take a look and see [I'm] trying to do better."
In his fourth season in the Nationals’ system in 2017, after he signed for $225K out of the Dominican Republic in 2013, Robles posted a .300/.382/.493 line with 37 doubles, eight triples, 10 home runs, and 27 stolen bases in 114 games and 496 PAs at High-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg.
Robles was called up to the majors in early September, making his MLB debut and then earning a spot on the Nats’ postseason roster to cap off his impressive campaign.
He reported to the Arizona Fall League late and was 6 for 23 (.261 AVG) with a double, two home runs, and three stolen bases in seven games before tonight’s appearance in the Fall Stars Game.