He will take part in big-league camp, and will undoubtedly impress, especially in the outfield. However, the Nationals have three very capable major-league outfielders in Bryce Harper, Adam Eaton and Michael Taylor, who all figure to enter the year ahead of the toolsy prospect on the organizational depth chart. The Nationals would also benefit from holding Robles down for a little over a month in order to gain an extra year of control. These things typically have a way of working themselves out, and Robles is too talented to spend the majority of the year in the minors. He projects as a gold-glove caliber center fielder with the speed to steal 30-plus bases, the hit tool to eventually hit .280 or .290, and developing power that could eventually result in 20-plus home runs.
Robles was removed from Friday's Arizona Fall League game for "non-medical reasons," Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports.
Robles had a plate appearance in the top of the first inning and played the field during the bottom of the frame, but was not seen after that. At this point in time, there's only speculation as to why Robles exited the contest, but an update will likely arise regarding his status within the next couple of days.
Robles is on the active roster for the NLDS against Chicago, The Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports.
Robles will serve as depth in the outfield as manager Dusty Baker elected to carry six outfielders for the series. During 13 major-league games, the 20-year-old has gone 6-for-24 (.250 average) with three extra-base hits and four RBI.
Robles went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's win over the Phillies.
Making his first big-league start, the Nats' No. 1 fantasy prospect also collected his first hit and first RBI in the majors. The 20-year-old may pick up some additional starts down the stretch now that the club has clinched the NL East crown, but Robles won't be a regular in the lineup until at least some time next season.
Robles is starting in center field and hitting fifth Sunday against the Phillies.
Washington's top prospect will make his first-ever start in the Show on Sunday as he's starting in place of Michael Taylor in center field. Although the Nationals and fantasy owners alike are eager to see how Robles will perform in the majors, it's unclear how often he'll be used in the starting lineup for the remainder of the season. The 20-year-old played 37 games at Double-A Harrisburg before getting called up. Over said games, he hit .324/.394/.489.
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