Tag: Victor Robles

2019 Preseason Top 150

Carter Kieboom
Carter Kieboom. Courtesy: Aaron Whelan

Before I even got this posted Alex Reyes exhausted his rookie eligibility (needed a single out to do so and pitched an inning on Friday) so I updated my top 150 before it went live. Reyes was at 22 but is now removed making room for Ryan Weathers, giving the Padres two more than any other team with 12 players making the top 150.  15 players on the list open the season in the big leagues, with 14 of those in the top 80 and the Padres and Mariners both starting with two players in the big leagues.


Player Position Team Rank
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3B Toronto Blue Jays 1
Fernando Tatis Jr. SS San Diego Padres 2
Eloy Jimenez OF Chicago White Sox 3
Forrest Whitley RHP Houston Astros 4
Victor Robles OF Washington Nationals 5
Jo Adell OF Los Angeles Angels 6
Royce Lewis SS Minnesota Twins 7
Wander Franco SS Tampa Bay Rays 8
Nick Senzel 2B/3B Cincinnati Reds 9
Jesus Luzardo LHP Oakland Athletics 10
MacKenzie Gore LHP San Diego Padres 11
Bo Bichette SS/2B Toronto Blue Jays 12
Kyle Tucker OF Houston Astros 13
Taylor Trammell OF Cincinnati Reds 14
Keston Hiura 2B Milwaukee Brewers 15
Brendan Rodgers SS/2B Colorado Rockies 16
Sixto Sanchez RHP Miami Marlins 17
Cristian Pache OF Atlanta Braves 18
Carter Kieboom SS Washington Nationals 19
Luis Urias 2B/SS San Diego Padres 20
Casey Mize RHP Detroit Tigers 21
Joey Bart C San Francisco Giants 22
Austin Riley 3B Atlanta Braves 23
Keibert Ruiz C Los Angeles Dodgers 24
Pete Alonso 1B New York Mets 25
Brendan McKay LHP/1B Tampa Bay Rays 26
Michael Kopech RHP Chicago White Sox 27
Hunter Greene RHP Cincinnati Reds 28
Mitch Keller RHP Pittsburgh Pirates 29
Andres Gimenez SS New York Mets 30
Brent Honeywell RHP Tampa Bay Rays 31
Nick Madrigal 2B/SS Chicago White Sox 32
Jonathan India 3B/SS Cincinnati Reds 33
Sean Murphy C Oakland Athletics 34
Alex Verdugo OF Los Angeles Dodgers 35
A.J. Puk LHP Oakland Athletics 36
Matthew Liberatore LHP Tampa Bay Rays 37
Mike Soroka RHP Atlanta Braves 38
Nolan Gorman 3B St. Louis Cardinals 39
Ian Anderson RHP Atlanta Braves 40
Francisco Mejia C/OF San Diego Padres 41
Luis Robert OF Chicago White Sox 42
Dylan Cease RHP Chicago White Sox 43
Chris Paddack RHP San Diego Padres 44
Ke’Bryan Hayes 3B Pittsburgh Pirates 45
Vidal Brujan 2B Tampa Bay Rays 46
Touki Toussaint RHP Atlanta Braves 47
Brusdar Graterol RHP Minnesota Twins 48
Justus Sheffield LHP Seattle Mariners 49
Kyle Wright RHP Atlanta Braves 50
Yordan Alvarez OF Houston Astros 51
Alex Kirilloff OF Minnesota Twins 52
Jesus Sanchez OF Tampa Bay Rays 53
Yusei Kikuchi LHP Seattle Mariners 54
Yusniel Diaz OF Baltimore Orioles 55
Khalil Lee OF Kansas City Royals 56
Jarred Kelenic OF Seattle Mariners 57
Triston McKenzie RHP Cleveland Indians 58
Danny Jansen C Toronto Blue Jays 59
Jazz Chisholm SS Arizona Diamondbacks 60
Adrian Morejon LHP San Diego Padres 61
Griffin Canning RHP Los Angeles Angels 62
Dustin May RHP Los Angeles Dodgers 63
Luis Patino RHP San Diego Padres 64
Alec Bohm 3B Philadelphia Phillies 65
Estevan Florial OF New York Yankees 66
Jon Duplantier RHP Arizona Diamondbacks 67
DL Hall LHP Baltimore Orioles 68
Nate Pearson RHP Toronto Blue Jays 69
Josh James RHP Houston Astros 70
Drew Waters OF Atlanta Braves 71
Bryse Wilson RHP Atlanta Braves 72
Nolan Jones 3B Cleveland Indians 73
Gavin Lux SS/2B Los Angeles Dodgers 74
Travis Swaggerty OF Pittsburgh Pirates 75
Matt Manning RHP Detroit Tigers 76
Oneil Cruz SS Pittsburgh Pirates 77
Luis Garcia SS/3B Washington Nationals 78
Garrett Hampson 2B/SS Colorado Rockies 79
Adonis Medina RHP Philadelphia Phillies 80
Ryan Mountcastle 3B Baltimore Orioles 81
Kristian Robinson OF Arizona Diamondbacks 82
Brady Singer RHP Kansas City Royals 83
Monte Harrison OF Miami Marlins 84
Logan Allen LHP San Diego Padres 85
Nico Hoerner SS Chicago Cubs 86
Michel Baez RHP San Diego Padres 87
Isaac Paredes SS/2B Detroit Tigers 88
Victor Victor Mesa OF Miami Marlins 89
Trevor Larnach OF Minnesota Twins 90
Brandon Marsh OF Los Angeles Angels 91
Heliot Ramos OF San Francisco Giants 92
Brandon Lowe 2B/OF Tampa Bay Rays 93
Ronny Mauricio SS New York Mets 94
Will Smith C/3B Los Angeles Dodgers 95
MJ Melendez C Kansas City Royals 96
Dane Dunning RHP Chicago White Sox 97
Ronaldo Hernandez C Tampa Bay Rays 98
Hans Crouse RHP Texas Rangers 99
Jonathan Loaisiga RHP New York Yankees 100
Corbin Martin RHP Houston Astros 101
Cole Winn RHP Texas Rangers 102
Luiz Gohara LHP Atlanta Braves 103
Leody Taveras OF Texas Rangers 104
William Contreras C Atlanta Braves 105
Seuly Matias OF Kansas City Royals 106
Lucius Fox SS Tampa Bay Rays 107
Corey Ray OF Milwaukee Brewers 108
Spencer Howard RHP Philadelphia Phillies 109
Jahmai Jones 2B Los Angeles Angels 110
Jordyn Adams OF Los Angeles Angels 111
George Valera OF Cleveland Indians 112
J.B. Bukauskas RHP Houston Astros 113
Justin Dunn RHP Seattle Mariners 114
Michael Chavis 3B Boston Red Sox 115
Mark Vientos 3B New York Mets 116
Daz Cameron OF Detroit Tigers 117
Bubba Thompson OF Texas Rangers
Josh Naylor 1B/OF San Diego Padres 119
Colton Welker 3B Colorado Rockies 120
Daulton Varsho C Arizona Diamondbacks 121
Evan White 1B Seattle Mariners 122
Peter Lambert RHP Colorado Rockies 123
Taylor Widener RHP Arizona Diamondbacks 124
Julio Pablo Martinez OF Texas Rangers 125
Kevin Smith SS/3B Toronto Blue Jays 126
Miguel Amaya C Chicago Cubs 127
Andrew Knizner C St. Louis Cardinals 128
Tyler Nevin 1B Colorado Rockies 129
Hudson Potts 3B/1B San Diego Padres 130
Sandy Alcantara RHP Miami Marlins 131
Shane Baz RHP Tampa Bay Rays 132
Tyler Stephenson C Cincinnati Reds 133
Eric Pardinho RHP Toronto Blue Jays 134
Franklin Perez RHP Detroit Tigers 135
Jordan Groshans 3B/SS Toronto Blue Jays 136
Dakota Hudson RHP St. Louis Cardinals 137
Nate Lowe 1B Tampa Bay Rays 138
Elehuris Montero 3B St. Louis Cardinals 139
Luis Oviedo RHP Cleveland Indians 140
Tony Santillan RHP Cincinnati Reds 141
Triston Casas 1B/3B Boston Red Sox 142
Adbert Alzolay RHP Chicago Cubs 143
Ethan Hankins RHP Cleveland Indians 144
Beau Burrows RHP Detroit Tigers 145
Brice Turang SS Milwaukee Brewers 146
Brent Rooker 1B/OF Minnesota Twins 147
Alex Faedo RHP Detroit Tigers 148
Deivi Garcia RHP New York Yankees 149
Ryan Weathers LHP San Diego Padres 150


Washington Nationals 2019 Preseason Top 10

Victor Robles
Victor Robles. Courtesy: Aaron Whelan


Player: Victor Robles
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: MLB
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’ Weight: 190 lbs.
Quick Report: It was supposed to be Robles to make an impact with the big league club a season ago, not Juan Soto, but a hyperextended elbow led the Nationals to call up the teenager instead. Robles did finally make his debut as a September callup and won a spot on the post-season roster, so he will exhaust prospect status early in the season. He has elite speed to go with a cannon of an arm and no doubt center field tools, although he will likely see most of his time in right given Adam Eaton currently patrols center in D.C. He has a plus hit tool and enough power in the bat to get into the 20 home run range in time. He has the upside of a leadoff man playing Gold Glove ceiling and should make a number of All-Star games in his career.


Player: Carter Kieboom
Position(s): SS Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’2” Weight: 190 lbs.
Quick Report: Currently a shortstop, Kieboom has shown improvement in the field to lead people to believe he can stick there. If he does end up moving off it, second base is a natural landing spot, although he has plenty of arm to play at third if the raw power shows a bit more as game power. He has plus raw power but plays more below average in games currently. The bat plane should allow more power to show up in games while he also shows good bat control and bat speed to hit for a solid average. There is an outside chance he gets a late-season callup, but 2020 should be the year Kieboom becomes a staple in the Nationals lineup.


Player: Luis Garcia
Position(s): SS/2B Opening Day Age: 18 2018 Highest Level: High A
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6’ Weight: 190 lbs.
Quick Report: I touched on one Luis Garcia yesterday, here is the other one who, just to make things more confusing, is the son of former big league infielder, Luis Garcia. This Garcia’s carrying tool is his advanced and patient approach at the plate and impressive bat control there is some pop in his bat, although he will probably always be a little below average in terms of power, which makes his defense key. He has plenty of arm and solid range but does not have the natural fluidity you like to see out of a shortstop. There is some real concern he moves off to second but there is a real shot he improves to be average or better at short, in which case he could become one of the better prospects in the game.


Player: Mason Denaburg
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 19 2018 Highest Level: DNP
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’4” Weight: 195 lbs.
Quick Report: Some elbow discomfort, which does not appear to hold any negative long term impact, kept Denaburg from making his pro debut in his draft year last summer. He has a fastball that sits in the mid-90s and can touch 98 with one of the sharper and more consistent curves you will see from a prep arm. The breaker does not have any real upward action in it, instead just falls off the table, while the fastball has some real zip while running arm side and carrying a heavy downhill plane. The change, as with most young arms, is a work in progress, but has flashed above average. His delivery is repeatable and the command is solid, making Denaburg a guy who I expect to rocket up prospect lists once he puts together some strong pro innings.


Player: Wil Crowe
Position(s): RHP Opening Day Age: 24 2018 Highest Level: AA
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’2” Weight: 240 lbs.
Quick Report: An arm that could find its way into the Nationals rotation this season, Crowe has a fastball that regularly hits 95 and the feel for a plus change. He also mixes in both a curve and slider that are at least average offerings. The delivery has some effort in it which, along with elbow and knee troubles in high school and Tommy John surgery while at South Carolina, led many to feel Crowe was a future impact reliever than a starter. He has managed to repeat his delivery and show solid command despite the effort late in the delivery and has all but solidified himself as a starter long term. The ceiling isn’t all that high, but the fact he could be the number four starter by the end of the season means his floor is quite high.


Player: Tim Cate
Position(s): LHP Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: Low A
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height:  6’ Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: UConn has really ridden some of their top arms in years past, and Cate fell victim of it during his time there as well. He had Tommy John while still in high school and missed a good chunk of 2018 with forearm tightness that is all too often a precursor to the surgery. He came back late in the season for the Huskies and pitched 52 innings in the Nationals system, showing the arm may be healthy again. He has a low-90s fastball that typically would grade out below average, but the fact it comes out of the same high 3/4 slot as one of the better curves you are gonna see allows it to play up. The change is well behind the other two pitches and needs to improve if he is to stick in the rotation long term, but if he does move to the bullpen, the curve alone is enough to lead him to being a useful piece.


Player: Yasel Antuna
Position(s): 3B/SS Opening Day Age: 19 2018 Highest Level: Low A
Bats: Switch Throws: Right Height: 6’ Weight: 170 lbs.
Quick Report: The prized signing in the IFA class that is now highlighted by Luis Garcia, Antuna hasn’t put up the impressive numbers the Nationals would like, but there is still plenty of upside. Antuna is a rather rare position player to undergo Tommy John surgery, so there is some question how his raw power and above average arm strength bounce back. He has the natural ability to play short, but he seems to rush his mechanics at the position leading to a rather inconsistent defensive profile that may see him move to third full time. His approach at the plate is raw where he still relies on his natural skill set rather than heading to the plate with a real approach. That said, there is gap power now that could turn into above-average game power in time.


Player: Israel Pineda
Position(s): C Opening Day Age: 19 2018 Highest Level: Short A
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 5’11” Weight: 190 lbs.
Quick Report: Pineda’s swing is one that looks like it should produce a lot of power, but it is only average at best and will probably never reach that potential. The bat control is better than most teenagers and he handles the zone well despite the bat speed being a tick slow. The real question is how well his defense will hold up behind the plate. He has more than enough arm behind the plate but the receiving ability needs work. He is already a mature bodied teenager, but all reports from the Nationals are that he is an incredibly hard worker who they anticipate will become a solid defensive option behind the plate, which should allow him to become a solid timeshare option behind the dish.


Player: Seth Romero
Position(s): LHP Opening Day Age:  22 2018 Highest Level: Low A
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’3” Weight: 240 lbs.
Quick Report: This is a tough one, a guy who was suspended from his team in college before ultimately getting into a fist fight with a teammate and getting kicked off the team. Despite the long list of off the field concerns, the Nationals still grabbed him at the 25th overall pick two drafts ago, but he served a short suspension for violating team rules before he even threw his first pro pitch. Late last year he underwent Tommy John surgery and will likely be out the entire regular season but, despite all this, he has impressive natural stuff that lands him on the top 10. His fastball and slider are both plus offerings, while his change has the makings of being above-average. Command is spotty, but he repeats his delivery enough to believe he can turn the command into an average tool. I would love to see Romero healthy enough at the end of the season to be sent the to AFL to work in relief and get some game action in. He could be a dominant closer or a mid-rotation guy, but there are so many non-pitching red flags it is impossible to know if he will ever get close to his potential.


Player: Gage Canning
Position(s): OF Opening Day Age: 21 2018 Highest Level: Low A
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height:  5’10” Weight: 175 lbs.
Quick Report: I highlighted the selection of Canning for the Nationals as their steal in the draft last year, and he has only worked to make that look like an even bigger steal than anticipated. He is not the most tooled up player, but he is a guy whose whole is greater than the sum of the parts. He will never hit for much power, but ability to put the ball in the gap along with baserunning instincts and above average speed will allow him to hit plenty of XBHs. He doesn’t have the strongest arm, nor the greatest of reads in the outfield, but he is one who should be able to hold down any of the three spots. He is a prototypical fourth outfielder who may overachieve and become a solid every day option.

Others of Note:

Sterling Sharp – RHP – 23 – AA
Malvin Pena – RHP – 21 – High A
Telmito Agustin – OF – 22 – High A
Jose Sanchez – SS – 18 – Short A
Raudy Read – C – 25 – MLB
Nick Raquet – LHP – 23 – High A
Tanner Rainey – RHP – 26 – MLB