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Note that Victor Robles (#5) who played well for the Nationals last September is currently ranked higher than Soto (#15). He might have preceded Soto in a 2018 call up if not for a hyper-extended elbow in early April.

>>Robles possesses off-the-charts athleticism as well as five standout tools that he showcases on a daily basis. He has the makings of plus hitter from the right side of the plate, with a compact but explosive swing and a present feel for using the whole field. His power played consistently in 2017 thanks to a more leveraged swing and better pitch selection, and the result was a career-best 10 home runs and 58 extra-base hits across three levels. Robles' approach and strike-zone judgment are also mature, while his tendency to hold his ground in the batter's box has led to high hit-by-pitch totals throughout his career. A plus-plus runner, Robles impacts games with his wheels on the bases as well as in center field, where he has exceptional range and instincts as well as arm strength that's among the best in the Minors at the position.

From his athleticism to his immense physical tools and his baseball savvy, Robles has the makings of becoming a true franchise player for the Nationals, one who has the upside of a perennial All-Star and possibly an MVP candidate.<<

I see that Tony's "Acuna Matata" is ranked number one which helps us appreciate what a difference these high-ranked rookies can make.

Peter
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