Robles, who did not receive an invite to major league training camp, got the start in center field during an intrasquad game Thursday and went 1-for-3 with an infield hit off Tanner Roark, The Washington Post reports.
The top prospect in the Nationals' system, and the top dynasty prospect on Rotowire's rankings who has yet to see any big league action, fought off an inside pitch from Roark and easily beat out the resulting dribbler to third base. Robles' youth and aggressiveness then got the better of him, as Roark picked him off attempting to steal. Still just 19 years old, Robles will likely begin the season at High-A before getting his first taste of the high minors later in the year, but if he continues to impress this spring the Nats could consider accelerating that timetable and having him begin 2017 at Double-A. With Jayson Werth a free agent next offseason, it's not out of the question that Robles might be competing for a starting spot in the majors in 2018.