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.
Manager Dave Martinez said he believes Robles is ready to be an everyday player, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Robles received a September promotion in 2018 and didn't disappoint despite limited opportunities, hitting .288/.348/.525 with a trio of homers and steals in 21 games. With Bryce Harper unlikely to return in 2019, it sounds like the top prospect is poised to take over as the team's starting center fielder.
Robles is not in the lineup Saturday in Colorado. The young center fielder is hitting a solid .286/.328/.536 with three homers in 19 games for the Nationals this season. Bryce Harper will slide over to center in his absence, with Adam Eaton starting in right.
Robles went 2-for-5 with a double and a stolen base in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Rockies. While he's still not playing every day in a crowded Nats outfield, the 21-year-old is closing out the campaign on a high note, slashing .341/.357/.683 with three homers and two steals over his last 11 games. Assuming Bryce Harper doesn't re-sign with Washington, Robles will head into 2019 expected to win the starting center field job and forming one of baseball's most exciting young duos with Juan Soto.
Robles went 4-for-5 with a homer, five RBI and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Marlins. Robles was locked in at the dish Wednesday. The 21-year-old singled and stole second base in the first inning before adding a two-run double in the second frame. After collecting another single in the fourth inning, Robles capped off his four-hit night with a three-run homer in the fifth. The well-regarded youngster is now slashing .275/.321/.529 with three homers, 10 RBI and two stolen bases in 18 games since joining the big club at the start of September, offering a glimpse of his immense upside.