Ht: 6'2" Wt: 174 B-T: R-R
Acquired: Signed for $26M ($50M including penalties), May 2017, from Cuba via Dominican Republic
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #4 - Midseason 2017
- #3 - Preseason 2018
- #3 - Midseason 2018
- #4 - Preseason 2019
- 2016 #1 International Amateur Prospect (MLBpipeline.com)
- 2016 #1 International Amateur Prospect (Baseball America)
- 2017 Midseason #26 prospect in baseball (MLBpipeline.com)
- 2017 Midseason #45 prospect in baseball (Baseball America)
- Best Athlete in White Sox system, 2018 (Baseball America)
- #28 Prospect in MLB, Pre-season 2018 (MLB Pipeline)
- #58 Prospect in MLB, Pre-season 2018 (Baseball America)
- #49 Prospect in MLB, Midseason 2018 (Baseball America)
- #10 Prospect in the Carolina League, post-season 2018 (Baseball America)
On May 20, 2017, the White Sox made a splash to sign Robert for a bonus of just over $26 million. The outfielder immediately became the #3 prospect in the Sox system and the #26 prospect in baseball according to Mlbpipeline.com. Most publications recognized Luis Robert as a top 50 prospect in the game and certainly the top International Prospect in the 2016-2017 signing class. He is 6'3", 205 pounds and possesses plus power and speed, along with a chiseled figure. The Cuban sensation also posted sub 6.3 second 60 yard dash times in workouts. When Robert was 14 years old he starred in Cuba's 16-and-under league and he played in the 18-and-under league as a 15-year-old. At 16, Robert hit .383 with 4 homers in the COPABE 18U Pan American Championship back in 2014. In 2015 he was named to the All Tournament Team in the 18U division during the Japanese World Cup. As a professional, Robert played for Tigres de Ciego Avila in the Cuban Nacional Series. He hit .393 with 12 home runs and 11 stolen bases last year, as part of a league championship team. According to Mlbpipeline.com, Luis Robert's Scouting Grades are: Hit 50/Power 55/Run 65/Arm 55/Field 55.
The White Sox assigned him to their affiliate in the Dominican Summer League upon signing, reportedly in part for tax purposes. There he was a man among boys, slashing .310/.491/.536 as pitchers avoided his bat like the plague. Sox fans expected 2018 to be Robert's coming out party, but injuries have plagued him since an initially strong showing in Spring Training. He got a late start on June 5th with Kannapolis after a thumb injury needed time to heal up. After 13 games there (.289/.360/.400) and then 8 with Winston-Salem (.300/.389/.333), Robert re-injured the same thumb. In the end he played just 50 regular season games in 2018. To make up some of that lost time, Robert played in the AFL where he hit an encouraging .324 and stole five bases against advanced competition.
Robert has been described as a 5 tool talent and has been compared to Vladimir Guerrero at a similar age. He has an athletic build and quick bat speed to go along with prodigious right-handed power. His recent showing in the hitters' Mini Camp at Camelback induced many dropped jaws as onlookers (including players) gawked and chirped during his BP sessions. The talent and ceiling are huge. But he has missed a good chunk of time to injury now, so he needs to stay healthy and make more translations on those gaudy tools in 2019.
Major League Outlook: First Division Regular outfielder, likely in center