Luis Robert
21-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago White Sox A+
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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.
Day-to-day with hand contusion
OFChicago White Sox  A+
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April 21, 2019
Robert is day-to-day at High-A Winston-Salem with a left hand contusion, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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He missed a lot of time last year with a left thumb injury, and he dealt with a thumb issue this year in spring training as well, but it is unclear if this latest injury has anything to do with that thumb. Robert is one of the hottest hitters in the minors, slashing .475/.530/.915 in 15 games, and was probably on the verge of a promotion to Double-A prior to this injury.
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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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Hasn't stopped hitting
OFChicago White Sox  A+
April 9, 2019
Robert is hitting .524 (11-for-21) with four home runs, two doubles and 12 runs batted in over five games at High-A Winston-Salem.
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Two long balls on Opening Day
OFChicago White Sox  A+
April 5, 2019
Robert went 2-for-4 with two home runs, five RBI, a walk, two strikeouts and a stolen base Thursday for High-A Winston-Salem.
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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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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
OFChicago White Sox  A+
March 12, 2019
Robert went 1-for-3 in Monday's game against the Brewers.
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