Luis Robert
21-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago White Sox A+
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Robert has impressive physical tools, but his stock has dipped since the White Sox committed $52 million to sign him in 2017. A left thumb injury erased his first two months of 2018. He was eased back with a two-week Sally League assignment before getting promoted to the Carolina League, where his age and pedigree suggested he belonged. Robert re-injured his thumb after just nine games with Winston-Salem and did not return until early August. The only level where he has ever been a below league-average hitter (81 wRC+) was the only level (High-A) where he was age-appropriate. In fact, his only two home runs in 68 stateside games came in the hitter-friendly Arizona Fall League, where he slashed .324/.367/.432 with a 13:5 K:BB and five steals in 18 games. He has tools (plus power, plus speed) that are tough to give up on, but the odds seem long that he will hit for a high average while displaying that 25-25 upside in the big leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the White Sox in May of 2017 that includes a $26 million signing bonus.
Starting season at High-A
OFChicago White Sox  A+
March 23, 2019
Robert is slated to open the 2019 season at High-A Winston-Salem, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Roberts finished the 2018 campaign with the affiliate, managing a .244/.317/.309 slash line while striking out in 26.4 percent of his 140 plate appearances. The White Sox will want to see him find sustained success in the Carolina League before advancing him to Double-A Birmingham.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
The final impact Cuban prospect to sign under the old international rules, Robert received a $26 million bonus from the White Sox, resulting in a $52 million commitment after the overage tax. A lean, athletic 6-foot-3 center fielder, Robert hadn't played competitively for about a year when he signed, so he was eased into pro ball in the Dominican Summer League. The 20-year-old's production should be essentially thrown out, as the talent disparity between Robert and the rest of the DSL would be akin to sending an established major leaguer to Double-A for 28 games. Evaluators agree that he is a plus runner with premium bat speed that could lead to plus power. However, there are conflicting reports about how he projects as a hitter. Some think he will hit for a relatively high average with good on-base skills, while others think his swing may need to be overhauled if he is to make enough contact against upper-level pitching. He is an extreme upside gamble in dynasty leagues. Robert is expected to be assigned to Low-A or High-A.
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Moves to minor-league camp
OFChicago White Sox  A+
March 13, 2019
Robert was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday.
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Returns to action
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March 12, 2019
Robert went 1-for-3 in Monday's game against the Brewers.
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Available Saturday
OFChicago White Sox  A+
March 9, 2019
Robert (thumb) is listed among the White Sox's available position players for Saturday's Cactus League game against the Rangers, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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May return Saturday
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March 8, 2019
Robert (thumb) took part in batting practice Friday but won't play against the Angels, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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Targeting Friday return
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March 7, 2019
Robert (thumb) hopes to be available for Friday's game against the Angels, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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