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Luis Robert is back at it. Showing signs of promise and strength. All of this came on Thursday night when Robert produced a two-homer night in the Winston-Salem 9-4 victory of Frederick.
In 2017 the Chicago White Sox signed the Cuban outfielder to a minor-league contract, which included a $26-million signing bonus.
A source who was at the game stated that Robert showed great plate discipline and natural raw power along with good recognition on defense. The source went on to say that fans of the White Sox should be excited about the upcoming future on the Southside.
Robert, who was batting leadoff, went 2-4 with two home runs and five runs batted in along with two runs scored.
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In order for Robert to get fully moved through the White Sox farm system, he has to prove he can stay healthy. He only played in 50 minor-league games last season due to injuries.
In those 50 games, Robert did not have a home run and only drove in 11 runs while slashing .269/.333./.360 with an OPS of .694.
Although it’s only one game into the 2019 regular season, Robert has shown that he can produce and make an impact within the ChiSox organization. It’s not unlikely that Robert makes it to Double-A this year, but the White Sox may keep him in Winston-Salem for half of the season just to see how he handles advanced pitching.
There is no doubt that he can play. Talent isn’t the question; it’s if he can stay healthy.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Daryl Van Schouwen, he reports that the White Sox won’t rush Robert. It is easy to see how excited the ChiSox fans are right now with the way their big league team is performing so far, but prospects are just that … prospects. In given time, Robert will be wearing a White Sox uniform. It may not be this year or next, but his time is coming.