Prospect Robles flashes game-changing speed

Prospect Robles flashes game-changing speed

WASHINGTON -- Once Washington's dugout got a glimpse of Victor Robles' speed in action, it was instantly impressed. When Robles hit his first triple in the Nationals' 5-2 victory over the Braves at Nationals Park, it prompted Bryce Harper to turn to Trea Turner, who up to that point had been the undisputed fastest player on the club.

"He just kind of told him, 'Ah, don't worry about it, you're still the fastest guy here,'" Robles said through an interpreter.

Although his time with the Nationals has been brief, Robles -- the organization's top prospect and No. 3 overall as rated by MLBPipeline.com -- has already started to make an impact. On Thursday, he went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and that RBI triple to help spark the Nationals' offense.

On his first career triple in the fourth inning, Robles sprinted from home to third in 11.12 seconds, the fastest time for any Nationals player since Statcast™ began tracking in 2015. It narrowly beat out a triple by Turner on July 24, 2016, when he reached third base in 11.14 seconds.

Robles, still only 20 years old and the youngest player in the Majors, has played in just five games. But he is 3-for-9 and could have two triples, but he slid past third base and was ruled out with a double during his first Major League hit on Sunday.

"You've got to like what you see," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. "You see why everybody wanted to trade for him and see why we didn't give him up and include him in any of those trades. He can be an impact player. You like what you see."

Robles' first MLB hit

The Nationals are likely going to need another outfielder for the postseason roster with Brian Goodwin almost certainty done for the season with a groin injury. That could leave the door open for Robles, if he continues to play well when he receives playing time.

"He's lightning fast. He's just like Trea," right-hander Tanner Roark said. "He's been big for us so far. He's really taken advantage of the opportunity whenever he's gotten the chance to go out there and show his stuff."

Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.