Robles has gone 6-for-10 with a pair of doubles and three runs over his last two games with Triple-A Syracuse.
The outfielder entered Saturday stuck in a 2-for-29 rut at the plate, but he closed the weekend on a positive note with back-to-back multi-hit efforts. Robles is still knocking off some rust after missing most of the season with a hyperextended right elbow, but the 21-year-old could be poised to close the campaign on a high note. It's uncertain, however, if he'll receive a cup of coffee with the Nationals when rosters expand in September, as the organization might prefer to have him stick around at Triple-A in order to play regularly.
Robles went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a home run, two runs scored, two RBI and two stolen bases for Triple-A Syracuse in Friday's win over Durham.
Playing his first game at Triple-A since early April, Robles showed no rust whatsoever in his return from an elbow injury. Juan Soto has rightly earned all the acclaim he's received so far this season, but don't forget that heading into 2018 it was Robles who was the top prospect in the Nats' system, and arguably in all of baseball. Barring a shocking deadline deal, expect the 21-year-old to be back up with the big club in September and pushing for a starting job in the majors next spring.
Robles (elbow) was activated from the disabled list with Triple-A Syracuse on Friday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
He played in 12 rehab games across stops in the Gulf Coast League and New York-Penn League and is ready to return to the lineup for the Doubledays. This will end up amounting to a lost season for Robles, as he hyperextended his left elbow on April 9 and will now have a little over a month before Syracuse's season wraps up. That said, Robles is on the 40-man roster, and could therefore head to the majors when rosters expand in September. The Nationals have four quality outfielders on the big-league roster, so Robles would need a couple injuries to be a candidate for significant playing time with the big club. Assuming he does not exhaust his prospect eligibility, Robles will likely enter 2019 as a top five prospect for dynasty leagues.
Robles (elbow) transferred his rehab assignment to short-season Auburn on Saturday and went 1-for-4 in the affiliate's 4-0 win over State College.
Robles has appeared in 13 rehab games in a total, batting .343 with six stolen bases in those contests. He played all nine innings in center field Saturday and should soon be ready to test himself against higher-level competition before settling back into an everyday role for Triple-A Syracuse. A return to the big club this season isn't out of the question for the 21-year-old, though that seems most likely to happen when rosters expand in September.
Robles has been sidelined since mid-April after hyperextending his left elbow on a dive in the field. The Nationals' top prospect could return to Triple-A Syracuse within a couple weeks if he avoids any setbacks, but the organization is likely to remain cautious to avoid rushing him back.
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