Robles could hit ninth in a "second leadoff" role this season, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

The 21-year-old is big-league ready and prepared for an everyday role. He slashed an impressive .288/.348/.525 in 21 games last season, but with so many capable veteran hitters in the lineup, there is no room for Robles up top. Batting ninth will give him opportunities to run and leave him in position to be driven in by Washington's best hitters.

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