Davey Martinez admits to spending a number of time jotting down doable lineup configurations for the Washington Nationals, and he was requested earlier this spring if he has provide you with an choices that don’t have Trea Turner (who led off for almost all of video games he performed throughout the 2020 marketing campaign) main off?
“Probably, yeah,” Martinez stated. “We’re working a number of totally different lineups, totally different numbers, speaking to a bunch of our analytical individuals.
“I would like to get [Victor] Robles up on the prime of the lineup — even when it’s simply in opposition to left-handed pitching. So we’ll see how that performs out. I’d like to get Trea someplace second or third perhaps, we’ll see how it performs out this Spring.”
When he wasn’t main off, Turner, who completed the 60-game 2020 COVID marketing campaign with a .335/.394/.575 line, hit second 15 occasions, and hit third 4 occasions.
Robles, talked about by Martinez as a possible leadoff hitter if it’s not Turner, led off six occasions in 2020, however spent nearly all of his time within the nine-hole, with the designated hitter within the NL final season.
He’d like to lead off, Robles stated this week, having achieved it usually developing within the minor leagues.
“If it was my resolution, clearly I would love to lead off extra occasions than not,” Robles stated by interpreter Octavio Martinez on Friday.
“However my fundamental aim as soon as I’m in that lineup, is to do my job, assist the crew win. So wherever I’m at, any manner I might help the crew, that’s my fundamental precedence.”
Has his supervisor mentioned doubtlessly having him lead off extra usually?
“I’ve performed in that spot, hit in that lineup spot all all through my minor league profession,” the outfielder stated.
“So I really feel very snug hitting leadoff, and, principally, if I get the chance, the main target and the principle aim is to get on base, as a result of I do know that after I’m on base, I can positively do some injury, serving to the crew out any manner I can.
“However the principle aim 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.”
Robles’s OBP in 2020 (.293) was down from the on-base share he posted in ‘19 (.326), and the .392 OBP he put up in 5 minor league seasons.
The 23-year-old infielder struggled general in his fourth season within the majors, after coming in bulked up with muscle. His numbers on the plate and out in heart fell off and he tried to get slimmer over the winter after factor didn’t go as deliberate for him or the membership in 2020.
Robles’s supervisor talked this previous week in regards to the younger outfielder seeming making an attempt to enhance his energy numbers by including vital muscle to his body.
“As you recognize, he does have energy. For me, you don’t have to be an enormous man to have energy,” Martinez stated.
“He got here again this yr, he’s slimmer however he’s hitting the ball very well. What I like is that he appears to be like agile. I’m watching him run round within the outfield, going to get balls.”
Robles can be, the skipper stated, smiling once more, and bringing vitality to the crew in West Palm Seashore.
“That’s the form of man that I used to be used to after I first met him and that’s what I would like him to be,” Martinez stated.
“We’re going to get him as many at bats as doable. He revamped his swing, and we speak loads about him going gap-to-gap and utilizing his velocity.”
“All I can do is deal with working arduous like I have been,” Robles stated when requested if did commerce off velocity for energy with final winter’s work.
“Working arduous, focusing, and the flexibility is there,” he added, “… so I do know I can do each and simply hold working at it and sustaining each of them.”