Washington Nationals trying to get Victor Robles right; knowing what he could bring


Washington Nationals’ supervisor Davey Martinez talked after Victor Robles’s 0 for two recreation on the plate this previous Saturday in Pittsburgh’s PNC Park about seeing some optimistic indicators from the 24-year-old, who has been exhausting at work attempting to get to a greater place with the bat in his palms.

Robles went 0 for two with a stroll and a Okay (on some questionable known as strikes) in Saturday’s loss to the Pirates, however Martinez stated he did like a few of what he noticed from Robles, even when the outcomes weren’t essentially there.

“He’s staying on high of the baseball, which is nice, and I informed him, ‘So long as you’re hitting balls like that, they’ll begin falling, don’t,’ — I don’t need him to get upset, simply maintain on the brink of hit and keep on high of the baseball, and people will come,” Martinez stated.

Retaining Robles optimistic, because the membership tries to revamp his swing, elevating his palms as a primary step, with some tweaks to his decrease half subsequent on the record for changes to his mechanics, means so much to the Nationals’ supervisor.

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“It’s a giant change for him,” Martinez defined, “… as a result of he has all the time hit along with his palms decrease, however we’re taking it step-by-step. We’ve received his palms up now, and we’re going to begin speaking about his decrease half somewhat bit. However he’s been nice, and I’ve informed him, ‘Hey, there’s going to be days the place I don’t need you to play, you realize, however you might need to play, you might need to come back in and play protection, you might need to … however we need to get you proper, and I actually imagine that he’s trending in the appropriate path.”

Robles began the 2022 season 0 for 18, however he related for his first hit of the season on Sunday, and picked up one hit in every recreation of Tuesday’s doubleheader with the Arizona D-backs in D.C., for a modest, three-game hit streak, which ended with an 0 for 4, 2 Okay night time on Wednesday. However he did make a couple of spectacular performs out in heart subject, which his supervisor noticed as one other optimistic signal.

The truth that Robles has remained centered within the subject whereas he’s nonetheless engaged on issues on the plate has impressed the Nats’ fifth-year skipper.

“He’s been the identical — and one factor, like I stated earlier than — we simply need him to stay to the method and the outcomes will come, you realize,” Martinez stated, “however he’s — as you’ll be able to see — he goes on the market, and overlook concerning the hitting, however what he does for us on the protection is phenomenal, and the hitting will come, he simply has to remain grounded, keep humble, and proceed to work, which he has been doing.”

In his weekly go to with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports activities Junkies on Wednesday morning, Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo talked about why the staff is investing a lot time and vitality in getting Robles proper, versus transferring on and placing another person on the market in heart.

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“He’s placing collectively higher at-bats,” Rizzo stated. “He’s a participant with a whole lot of expertise, his ability set is there, and I simply assume that we — hitting is a troublesome ability set, and he’s confirmed that he’s executed it on the highest degree and he did it very, very properly, and I feel that he received in some unhealthy habits and I do know [hitting coach] Darnell Coles and Davey have labored actually exhausting to type of tweak his method and his stroke somewhat bit. That’s to not say he’s going to exit and get 10 hits in a row proper now, however he’s dealing with pitches he ought to deal with, he’s placing the barrel on the ball extra typically — he’s had I feel 4-5 100+ MPH exit velocities over the past handful of video games — not all of them have ended up in hits — however once more, placing higher at-bats collectively, you see what he brings in heart subject when he’s proper, and he’s an vital participant for us. He’s a 24-year-old participant that’s received 3 years of massive league time beneath his belt already, and carried out on the highest degree on a championship caliber membership in 2019, so we’d be remiss if we wrote him off so quickly in his profession with a lot left within the tank.”

In Thursday’s sequence finale with the D-backs, Robles went 1 for 3 with a stroll and a single in what ended up a 4-3 loss. He walked in his first plate look, Okay’d swinging the second time up, reached on an error the third time he stepped to the plate, after which hit a line drive to proper subject for a two-out single that prolonged the ninth and helped set the membership up with a bases-loaded alternative they couldn’t money in.

“He’s actually — he hit a ball to proper subject at the moment on a line, he hits a double down the road, he’s doing every thing that Darnell [Coles] and myself are asking him to do, and he’s beginning to reap the advantages,” Martinez stated on Thursday night time, “so we received to maintain him going, as a result of he’s going to be a giant a part of our lineup, particularly if he can flip that lineup over to the highest, and the way in which he performs protection. He saves us runs, and we want him on the market, so I’m pleased that he’s beginning to get his hits, we received to maintain him going.”

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