DOMINGO ROBLES, LEFT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: April 29, 1998
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2014, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|The lefty Robles was one of the three top pitchers signed by the Pirates in 2014, the others being Adonis Pichardo and Brian Sousa. He reportedly got up to 92 mph before his debut season, but threw only 87-88 during the season.
Unlike Pichardo or Sousa, Robles stayed healthy, making 15 starts and running up a good innings total for a 17-year-old. He finished with very passable numbers for his age, but he also improved rapidly as the season went along. His opponents’ OPS for each month of the season, June through August, was .875, .654 and .529. His K rate was just 4.5 and 4.9 the first two months, but 8.8 the last month. He dominated left-handed hitters, holding them to a .489 OPS, while right-handed hitters managed .765.
Robles went to the GCL, where he made nine starts and five relief appearances. He showed excellent control, but opponents batted .280 and slugged .434 against him, both marks that were well above the league average, and didn’t miss many bats. On the other hand, he spent the season at age 18. He threw barely over half the innings he threw the year before.
Robles is still very young. He should be a candidate to go to Bristol in 2017.
|2017: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: $175,000
MiLB Debut: 2015
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2021
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2019
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 2, 2014: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.