From the Field: Victor Robles, of, Washington Nationals

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2015 Onyx

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So when the baseball season started I sent out over two dozen autograph requests to some minor league players that I was digging on. A month passed, and I ended up getting maybe two back. It was depressing. Then, on day, I check the mail and there are like four requests back…I was thrilled.

Then I opened them.

One was just a empty envelope. Not sure what happened there.

One was my card, blank, with a note saying that he can’t sign “blank items”. The player  was nice enough to send a signed copy of his Bowman card.

Another had an autograph! Except the player used a dead black sharpie. It was a smeared mess, and you could barely make out the autograph.

Then, the one I was excited about: Victor Robles! I has read about him over the winter, and was really excited to get his autograph. The envelope…just had my card in it. Unsigned. Nothing.

So, a couple things happend:

#1. I decided I am not wasting my time writing to any more players this year. TTM is a stupid hobby long ago ruined by collectors.

#2. I posted a note asking for help getting Robles…as soon as possible. i figure as good as he is, he’s being hit up pretty hard by (often greedy) autograph collectors, and in a matter of months he will be a tough autograph to get.

So I got some help. Guy actually graphs Robles home team of Hagerstown, so was able to get me this autograph in a week. He said that he had, in fact, gotten a little tougher.

About this same time I saw that Robles had his first decent on card autograph (well, that I could afford…his Bowman card is too expensive for me…), so I was able to get that card too…and pretty cheap.

Robles is having a great season, and cementing himself as one of the top 20 or so prospects in the game. Very happy to add these autographs to my collection.

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2014 17 -1.3 Nationals DOSL FRk WSN 47 213 182 46 57 14 4 3 25 22 9 16 26 .313 .408 .484 .891
2015 18 -2.6 2 Teams 2 Lgs A–Rk WSN 61 261 213 48 75 11 5 4 27 24 5 18 33 .352 .445 .507 .952
2015 18 -1.5 Nationals GULF Rk WSN 23 94 73 19 27 6 1 2 11 12 1 10 12 .370 .484 .562 1.045
2015 18 -3.1 Auburn NYPL A- WSN 38 167 140 29 48 5 4 2 16 12 4 8 21 .343 .424 .479 .903
2016 19 -2.3 Hagerstown SALL A WSN 57 255 206 44 65 8 3 5 28 17 7 17 33 .316 .420 .456 .877
All Levels (3 Seasons) 165 729 601 138 197 33 12 12 80 63 21 51 92 .328 .426 .483 .908
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/16/2016.
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