The Washington Nationals selected the contract of outfielder Victor Robles from Double-A Harrisburg on Thursday, adding one of the league’s top prospects for the stretch run of the regular season.
The Nationals also recalled outfielders Rafael Bautists and Andrew Stevenson from Triple-A Syracuse, and transferred right-hander Erick Fedde to the 60-day disabled list.
Robles, 20, is considered a five-tool player and is the top-rated prospect in the Nationals’ organization by MLBPipeline.com. The Dominican Republic native is rated as the No. 4 prospect in all of baseball.
Robles was not expected to join the big-league team this season, but the Nationals decided to add him after Brian Goodwin suffered a setback in his effort to return from a groin injury, according to The Washington Post.
Robles signed with the Nationals for $225,000 in 2013 as a 16-year-old, and has steadily risen through the organization. He hit .300 with 10 home runs and 27 stolen bases in a combined 114 games between Class A Advanced Potomac and Harrisburg this season. He also participated in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Miami, where Robles drove in a run for the World Team.
Robles has been scheduled to play in the Arizona Fall League and the Dominican Winter League.