A number of elite prospects have continued their development in various winter ball leagues, including Washington Nationals prospect Victor Robles.
While both coasts get ready for what most expect to be a great World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers, I decided to take a virtual stroll to the Dominican Republic and check out how Washington Nationals number one prospect Victor Robles is doing.
Robles, a 21-year-old outfielder from Santo Domingo, plays for the Aguilas Cibaeñas in the Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la Republica Dominicana, also known as LIDOM. He is the starting center fielder and has been hitting in the leadoff spot during his five games played so far.
In what will certainly be welcome news for Nats fans, Robles has seen a fast start to his participation in the winter league by going 10-for-21 in his first five games, for a .476 batting average. He has three runs and two RBIs, and his OPS is 1.071. He has walked once, rounding his OBP to .500.
Last Tuesday, Oct. 16, Robles played in his hometown of Santo Domingo for the first time as a professional baseball player and had an exciting debut in front of the home crowd, going 4-for-4 with an RBI. His four hits led the Aguilas Cibaeñas in defeating the Leones de Escogido, who were the home team in the 9-3 loss.
Robles has been a reliable glove so far, as he hasn’t recorded any errors defensively in nine total chances over 45 innings played.
The Dominican winter league is a six-team league with a regular season that starts in October and ends in December. The playoffs take place over the month of January, and the team which wins the title represents the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series, which starts on the first week of February. Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, and Cuba are the remaining four teams which make up the round robin tournament.
The Aguilas Cibaeñas have won 20 Dominican league championships, second only to the Tigres del Licey, who have won 22. The last title won by the Aguilas Cibaeñas was in 2008.
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