With a strong throw in for an out at second, a diving play in center field, and a 1 for 3 day at the plate, along with a walk, stolen base, and game-tying sac fly, Victor Robles provided his manager, Davey Martinez, with further evidence of what he can contribute to the Nationals’ lineup on a daily basis on Thursday.
Robles was 1 for 11 with a walk and a run scored before yesterday afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs in the nation’s capital, and Martinez talked afterwards about the 21-year-old outfielder and what he’s seen from the top prospect in the organization thus far in the seven games he’s appeared in since he was called back up earlier this month.
“Here’s a kid that’s got a multitude of talents,” Martinez said. “He does everything well. He runs, he stole the base today and it was a delayed steal, he stole it with no problem.
“He’s a really good player, he bunts, he gets on, his defense is unbelievable, so he’s going to be exciting, he really is and he’s going to help us win a lot of games.”
When he sees what Robles is capable of, does that make him want to get the top prospect in the organization into the lineup every day?
“I definitely want to get him in, and like I said, I’ll look for opportunities to get him in there, but like I said, he’s exciting and he’s our future.”
Robles has just started three times since he’s been up, however, with Martinez rolling out Juan Soto in left, Bryce Harper in center, and Adam Eaton in right most nights.
Michael A. Taylor has all but disappeared, with just eleven starts and 50 plate appearances since August 1st.
So what mix did Martinez go with for the series opener in Atlanta tonight?