NATS VICTOR ROBLES GETTING COMPETITION IN CF FROM JACOB YOUNG!

By Ben Sullivan

Victor Robles has been the center field for the Nationals since his rookie season back of 2019.

Things change.

MASN’s Mark Zuckerman is reporting that manager Dave Martinez told reporters recently that there will be a “battle” between Robles and 24-year-old rookie Jacob Young for the starting center field job, though Martinez added that Robles has “a little bit of an upper hand” coming into camp.

Robles has largely been a plus-glove center fielder with below average offense throughout his career, though in 2023 he appeared to flash more offensive upside as he slashed a solid .299/.385/.364. Unfortunately, that slash line came across just 126 trips to the plate as Robles spent most of the year on the injured list due to back injuries.

Young held his own in a 33-game stint in the majors last year with a decent .252/.322/.336 slash line in 122 trips to the plate.

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