Luis Robert

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  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 174 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Luis Robert began playing for Ciego de Avila in the Cuban Serie Nacional at the age of 16 in 2013-14, hitting only .125 in 17 games against much older competition. He had previously starred in Cuba's junior league and had played for the Cuban junior national team. He improved by leaps and bounds over the next three years, however, as his average rose to .244 the next year, .305 in 2015-16 and .401 in 2016-17. All three seasons, he played regularly in the top Cuban circuit, and his other stats also improved along with his batting average: he hit only one homer in 2014-15, then 5 the next year, and 15 to go along with his 400+ average in his final season; his RBIs also increased, from 1 to 12 to 29 to 40. He was leading the Cuban league in both OBP (.526) and slugging (.687) when he defected and established residency in Haiti in early 2017 before moving to the Dominican Republic to train and showcase himself to scouts.

In the summer of 2016, he was a member of the Cuban team that traveled to North America to play a series of games that counted in the standings of the Can-Am Association. He hit .286/.319/.397 in 16 games as the youngest player on the squad. On May 20, 2017, news emerged that he had signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox for a sum approaching $25 million. The White Sox had decided to blow their international signing bonus allocation for two years in order to ink the young prospect, who was still only 19 at the time. he was assigned to the DSL White Sox, where he hit .310 with 3 homers and 14 RBIs in 28 games.

Robert came up as a left fielder in the Cuban league, but he was a center fielder in his youth and is considered likely to play the position as a professional. He is a classic five-tool prospect, and was the best player on the field with just about every team for which he played until he left Cuba, even though he was also usually the youngest player on those teams. Scouts had talked about him as the number 2 international prospect, after Japanese P/DH Shohei Ohtani. He was invited to spring training by the major league White Sox in 2018 and continued to wow observers with his talent, but he also sprained his thumb while sliding into second base in a Grapefruit League game in early March and as a result had to miss ten weeks of action. He played for three teams that season, the GCL White Sox, Kannapolis Intimidators and Winston-Salem Dash, for a total of 50 games, due to the injury. He hist .269, but with no homers and just 17 RBIs.

He made up for lost time in 2019 and was named to the roster of the American League team for the 2019 Futures Game. He hit a combined .328 with 32 homers and 92 RBIs in 122 games while also leading the minor leagues with 36 stolen bases in a season split among the Class A Winston-Salem, the AA Birmingham Barons and the [[Charlotte Kights] of the AAA International League. On September 4th, he was named the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Ben Badler: "Luis Robert agrees to sign with White Sox", Baseball America, May 20, 2017. [1]
  • Steve Gardner: "With 30-30 season, White Sox prospect Luis Robert wins Minor League Player of the Year award", USA Today, September 4, 2019. [2]
  • Scott Merkin: "Sox top prospect Robert 'a special kid'", mlb.com, October 12, 2017. [3]
  • Scott Merkin: "Renteria full of praise for Sox prospect Robert", mlb.com, December 12, 2017. [4]
  • Jesse Sanchez: "Better than Cespedes? Cuban phenom wowing scouts: Teen outfielder Luis Robert has emerged as the most intriguing prospect on international market", mlb.com, February 24, 2017. [5]

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