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1. Luis Robert – OF
2019 Top-30
Age: 22 yr, Weight: 185 lbs, Height: 6-3
Hits/Throws: R/R
Acquired: J2
Future Value
Ceiling: 70
Realistic: 60
Current Level: MLB, ETA: 2020
The White Sox biggest ‘free agent’ signing in recent years now has the whole weight of Rick Hahn’s rebuild project resting on a frame that resembles Michaelangelo’s David.

Jerry Reinsdorf’s $26 million signing bonus spent on Luis Robert in May 2017 sure feels like a gigantic, out-of-character move for an organization that seems hell bent on saving its pennies. But in 2019, Robert showed why he was easily worthy of that price tag, compiling all his previous flashes of superstardom into a full season’s worth of beating up on levels of baseball competition that were, quite frankly, beneath his raw skill and athleticism.

Robert gives you a whole pile of potential 70 grade skills outside of his hit tool. How much will his hit tool hold him back? Our Jason Kamlowsky praised the mechanics and balance of his swing in an April look, but also noted the aggressive approach and pitch recognition failings could be holding the hit tool down. With a K-BB% hovering stubbornly near 20 percent, Robert’s batting average will continue to be a wild ride. And his low walk rate is something to consider in OBP leagues.

All this said, his blossoming power (estimated fly ball distance climbed at each level, up to a high of 319 feet in Triple-A), top end speed (36/47 in SB attempts across all levels), and ability to stay healthy and produce across three levels for a full season last year makes him one of baseball’s marquee prospects.