HOW TO WATCH:
The 2017 MLB Futures Game is being shown on MLB Network and MLB.com beginning at 4 p.m. EDT from Miami.
Robles, the top-ranked prospect in the Nats’ system, was ranked at No. 8 on Baseball America’s Midseason Top 100 Prospects list when it was released earlier this week.
Through 67 games and 293 plate appearances this season, the 6’0’’, 185 lb outfielder has put up a .302/.388/.524 line, 23 doubles, six triples, and seven home runs, stealing 14 bases in 21 attempts for the Nats’ High-A Carolina League affiliate, the Potomac Nationals.
MLB.com’s scouts offered the following scouting report on the outfielder, who is sure to be mentioned in every trade rumor involving the Nats this month, after the All-Star Futures rosters were announced:
“Robles showcases all five tools along with elite athleticism on a daily basis. He has ingredients to become a plus hitter from the right side of the plate, with a compact but explosive swing and a present feel for using the whole field ... “
“He’s a five-tool player,” Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo told Sirius/XM hosts Craig Mish and Jim Bowden this Spring.
“We’ve got high expectations for him. We think he’s a quick mover and a guy that has all the skills and the temperament and the make-up to impact us in the big leagues in the near future.”
Before the start of the 2017 campaign, in ranking Robles No. 1 overall on their list of the Top 10 prospects in the Nationals’ organization, Baseball America gave Robles above average grades in Batting (60), Speed (70), Defense (60) and Arm Strength (60) on the scouts’ 20-to-80 scale.
He’ll be coming off the bench for the World roster in the All-Star Futures Game, but we’ll be watching and let you know if he does anything of significance in the game...