Luis Robert
22-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago White Sox AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Robert has impressive physical tools, but his stock has dipped since the White Sox committed $52 million to sign him in 2017. A left thumb injury erased his first two months of 2018. He was eased back with a two-week Sally League assignment before getting promoted to the Carolina League, where his age and pedigree suggested he belonged. Robert re-injured his thumb after just nine games with Winston-Salem and did not return until early August. The only level where he has ever been a below league-average hitter (81 wRC+) was the only level (High-A) where he was age-appropriate. In fact, his only two home runs in 68 stateside games came in the hitter-friendly Arizona Fall League, where he slashed .324/.367/.432 with a 13:5 K:BB and five steals in 18 games. He has tools (plus power, plus speed) that are tough to give up on, but the odds seem long that he will hit for a high average while displaying that 25-25 upside in the big leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the White Sox in May of 2017 that includes a $26 million signing bonus.
Won't get callup
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
September 3, 2019
Robert won't be promoted this month, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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Robert has only played in 47 Triple-A games, but he posted an excellent .297/.341/.634 slash line with 16 homers over that stretch. The White Sox cited not wanting to overwork Robert as one of the reasons for not calling him up. Service-time concerns are likely the main reason.
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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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May not be part of roster expansion
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
August 29, 2019
Frank Thomas of NBC Sports Chicago said the White Sox were leaning toward not calling up Robert when rosters expand September, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Hits third homer in two days
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
August 20, 2019
Robert went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run for Triple-A Charlotte on Monday.
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Churns out four hits
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
August 14, 2019
Robert went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, a walk and a stolen base Tuesday in Triple-A Charlotte's 15-1 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
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Continues mashing in Triple-A
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
July 19, 2019
Robert hit two solo home runs for Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday.
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Makes grand entrance to Triple-A
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
July 13, 2019
Robert went 3-for-5 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and seven RBI in his first game for Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday.
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