Davey Martinez talked early this spring about doubtlessly shifting Victor Robles to the highest of the Washington Nationals’ order at occasions this season.
“We’re working a whole lot of completely different lineups, completely different numbers,” Martinez defined, “speaking to a bunch of our analytical individuals.
“I want to get Robles up on the high of the lineup — even when it’s simply in opposition to left-handed pitching.”
Robles mentioned he’d embrace hitting within the leadoff spot, as he did all through his minor league profession, if he was requested to do it.
“If it was my resolution, clearly I’d love to steer off extra occasions than not,” Robles mentioned in his first media availability of the spring final week.
Whereas he mentioned he was comfy in that spot, and thought he may do some injury within the position, “the primary aim,” Robles mentioned, “… is to get on base any manner I can, and utilizing all my instruments to try this, and make the most of it as soon as I’m on base.”
Martinez talked earlier than the Grapefruit League opener on Sunday about what he desires to see from the 23-year-old outfielder when he does lead off this spring.
“For me, I don’t need him to assume a lot about something proper now,” Martinez mentioned. “I simply need him to work good at bats.
“As we get shifting and get shut, we’ll speak to him about a few of the issues we view as a leadoff hitter he must do.
“For him, it’s being aggressive within the strike zone, not chasing. The most important factor with him is he’ll begin chasing quite a bit.
“When he’s within the strike zone, and he swings at balls within the strike zone he hits the balls pretty effectively.
“So we wish go sort of get him within the strike zone, and play the sport. I simply need him to play the sport. Be a great situational hitter. A man that will get on base and will get us going.
“As everyone knows, Victor brings a whole lot of power daily, and we wish him to truly hopefully begin the video games off with that power and get us going early.”
Robles went 1 for 3 with an RBI single and two Ks in what ended up a 4-4 tie with the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
Martinez mentioned after the sport that he appreciated Robles’s at bats in his 2021 debut.
“He revamped his swing a bit of bit, he was a bit of shorter to the baseball. He had some good swings at the moment,” the supervisor mentioned. “We’re positively headed in the precise path.”
The truth that he was up there at the moment, nonetheless, doesn’t imply something is about in stone at this level.
“Proper now I simply sort of wish to attempt some various things. Nothing is about in stone proper now,” Martinez mentioned.
“If Victor appears to be like good on the leadoff spot, it might be one thing that we do down the street.
“So, the important thing proper now’s to attempt to get these guys at bats and attempt to get them prepared in order that we are able to begin off the season on April 1st and these guys are all rip-raring to go.”