Trade: Suplex City I Pine Mountain Podstars

Washington Nationals: Victor Robles Crushing Division Rivals

Suplex City 

gets Nick Lodolo , Miguel Yajure, 3rd round pick (2023)

Pine Mountain Podstars

gets Victor Robles

 

Take a look back at 2017 MLB top 100 prospects list. #3 on the list is our main man Victor Robles, he is followed by Vladdy, Eloy and Acuna. He was “the man” and then along came Juan Soto out of nowhere to be the man child who took Washington by storm. Soto, Vlad, Eloy and Acuna have left Robles in the dust and its easy to forget how highly touted he was.

Who is Victor Robles? I’m pretty sure he isn’t Lewis Brinson, but he sure looked like it in 2020. In 2019 he was 22 years old and hit 17 hr’s stole 28 bases, with a lackluster line of .255/.326/.419. It’s wasn’t great but he was only 22. Then in 2020 at age 23 in 168 at bats the offense was worse. k rate was up, bb rate was down, ISO was down. I’m still holding out hope and giving him another year but his star is dimming. If he puts up another 2020 line then you probably aren’t getting Nick Lodolo.

Do we really know anything about Lodolo?  I know he was a first round pick that was supposedly polished and advanced , but we only have a meaningless micro sample in pro ball to go on. He was the first pitcher drafted in 2019 , so you would have to assume good things.  I sure didn’t know much about Yajure.  He was an international sign for a small bonus of 30,000 but has pitched quite well and made his debut out of the bullpen. Going forward if he continues to be a relief pitcher than there isn’t much to see here, but most of what I read says he has a floor of a 5th starter. 

Definitely selling somewhat low on Robles here, but anyone who buys stocks knows its better to sell low than hold and watch all your value disappear. You have to know what you hold. If it was me I would have a hard time letting Robles go and would be holding and hoping he figures things out as I think the ceiling is still high, but in turning him into 2 near mlb ready pitchers there is potential this trade works out for either team or both. 2021 will tell us more.