Nationals promote top prospect Robles

Washington moves 20-year-old outfielder to Double-A Harrisburg

Victor Robles is batting . 356 against left-handers and .259 off righties this season. (Gordon Donovan/

By Danny Wild / | July 24, 2017 12:50 PM

The Nationals promoted top prospect Victor Robles to Double-A Harrisburg on Monday.

Robles, a 20-year-old outfielder, was a Carolina League All-Star with Class A Advanced Potomac, where he hit .289 with seven homers, 33 RBIs and 16 stolen bases in 77 games through Saturday. Right-handers Dakota Bacus and Kyle Schepel were also promoted to Harrisburg, according to Potomac.

With 99 steals in 295 Minor League games, Robles is's No. 5 overall prospect and the top outfielder in the Minors.

"He's just very special and someone who just really wants to play baseball," Potomac manager Tripp Keister told in May. "He's so fast and does so many things that make you say, 'Wow.' He's an exciting player who continues to work hard and improve. It's special to see him and the tools he has makes it fun to watch every night."

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Robles, a right-handed hitter, signed with Washington out of the Dominican Republic in 2013. The 6-foot, 185-pounder was voted to his first All-Star Futures Game earlier this month, was a South Atlantic League All-Star with Class A Hagerstown last year and has twice been recognized by as a Nationals Organization All-Star.

Video: Potomac's Robles rips double

Washington promoted Robles to Potomac on June 27, 2016. He was placed on the disabled list and missed nearly two weeks before being activated on May 1. Robles came back strong by hitting .294 in May and .284 in June.

He plated a season-high four runs on June 23 against Carolina, has recorded three multi-steal games andcollected a season-best four hits on his birthday, May 19, at Lynchburg.

Bacus, 26, was traded to Washington for catcher Kurt Suzuki in 2013 and has seen time at Harrisburg each of the last two seasons. He is 1-0 with a 1.27 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings this season.

Schepel, also 26, signed with the Nats in December and has spent most of the year at Potomac, where he was 2-4 with a 2.57 ERA in 24 relief outings. He threw a no-hitter in 2013 with Class A South Bend.

In related moves, outfielder Daniel Johnson and lefty reliever Jordan Mills were promoted from Hagerstown to Potomac. Johnson led the Suns with a .300 average and ranks second in SAL with 17 homers.

Danny Wild is an editor for Follow his MLBlog column, Minoring in Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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