July 2, 2013: Robles signed with the Nationals for $225,000, via scout Carlos Ulloa
After signing with the Nationals, Victor hit for average and showed base stealing ability in an impressive Dominican Summer League debut. A live-bodied, quick- twitch athlete with a high baseball IQ, Robles plays with energy and is learning to play under control.
His raw tools are tantalizing, and he is a plus-plus runner with plus-plus arm strength and good instincts in centerfield. (Spring 2015)
In 2015, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Robles as the 25th-best prospect in the Nationals organization. Then, they moved Victor all the way up to #3 in the offseason before 2016 spring training.
And Victor was the #1 prospect in the Nationals' organization in both the spring of 2018 and again in 2019
And Victor was the #1 prospect in the Nationals' organization in both the spring of 2018 and again in 2019.
“He continues to work diligently in all phases of the game and has a desire to continue to learn and grow as player,” Scialabba said. “His dynamic skill set is complemented by his tremendous passion for the game, and his energy is infectious among his teammates.”
Robles is a dynamic, high-energy baseball player who has impressive baseball savvy to go with his outstanding tools. He loves working at the game. And he is a very eager learner.
“Besides having the talent to impact the game with all five tools, he is a sponge with a tremendous work ethic,” farm director Mark Scialabba said in 2016
“Besides having the talent to impact the game with all five tools, he is a sponge with a tremendous work ethic,” farm director Mark Scialabba said in 2016. “He’s very determined the be the best he can be in all phases of the game.”
In 2017, Robles represented the National in the All-Star Futures game.
The phone call left Victor searching for words. He was planning to spend September 2017 in the instructional league to prepare before he was bound for the Arizona Fall League in October. Instead, he was informed he would be headed to the Majors.
"First, you got to kind of earn your stripes," Baker said. "You're here to learn more than you're here to play."
The Nationals organization raves about his defense in center field. "I think they think I have something to offer," Robles said through an interpreter.
The moment was special for Robles, who immediately called his parents after receiving the news of his promotion. They were also at a loss for words and Robles said he could sense his father jumping in the air out of excitement.
"This is definitely what I work for," Robles said. "I definitely was surprised to get called up, so young at 20 years old, but I think I have the ability to help the team out. Hopefully, I help them out in any way with my ability." (Collier - mlb.com - 9/7/17)
2017: Victor was invited to play in the AFL Fall Stars Game. And he was named the MVP of the game.
September 19, 2018: Robles turned on a 90-mph, four-seam fastball from Marlins starter Trevor Richards and drove it just above the 427-foot sign in left-center field.
Robles' first big league homer left the bat with an exit velocity of 105.4 mph, according to Statcast. He hit 28 homers in four-plus Minor League seasons and made his Major League debut on Sept. 7, 2017.
Jan 27, 2019: Robles has the best all-around tools on the Top 100 Prospects Listing, a package that includes plus hitting ability to go with plus-plus defense and arm strength and nearly top-of-the-scale speed.
During his time with the Nationals in 2018, he had a top sprint speed of 29
During his time with the Nationals in 2018, he had a top sprint speed of 29.3 feet per second, according to Statcast—not far behind big league leader Byron Buxton (30.5 feet/second).