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Luis Robert signs with the Chicago White Sox

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Luis Robert signs with the Chicago White Sox

After months of speculation of where he’ll sign, 19 year old Cuban phenom outfielder Luis Robert has reportedly signed a deal with the Chicago White Sox worth $25 million.

The story first broke when Robert changed his Instagram profile picture to him wearing a White Sox hat. But was officially reported by a Ken Rosenthal tweet. The signing was then later confirmed by Jon Hayman and MLB Network. 

Though many teams were pursuing the 19 year old, the decision was reportedly narrowed down to the White Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Luis Robert stands at 6’2” weighing in at 174 pounds. He can play all three outfield positions, a part of their organization the White So needed to beef up.


Why Robert was sought after

For Cuba’s national traveling team in 2016, Robert had a batting slash of .286/.319/.397 with 1 home run, 8 RBIs, 4 walks in 71 plate appearances. But his offensive numbers are not the only reason why this young man was scouted and pursued by so many MLB teams.

In left field, 114 games over the span of 3 seasons, Robert made 162 putouts and committing only 5 errors. He also found a way to turn 2 double plays in left.

In right field, 47 games in 2016, he made 102 putouts and committed only 3 errors. He also had another double play to add.

In center field, 31 games over the span of 3 seasons, he made 58 putouts and did not record and error.


What this means for the White Sox

This is a huge acquisition for the White Sox. The outfield was a position they needed more depth in. They acquired some in the trade that sent Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox. Though phenom infielder Yoan Moncada was the headliner of the trade, 20 year old outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe was also shipped to Chicago.

But, the likings of Alexander Basabe, Charlie Tilson and Adam Engel, the Sox still were missing that one piece that would bring it all together.

Robert provides that durability and variety the White Sox need/will need.


When will we see him sporting those black and white pinstripes?

Before the season started, 24-year-old southpaw Carlos Rodon landed on the DL. Expected to miss only a few starts, Rodon is still on the DL today. The White Sox do not want rush such an important piece of the rebuild. The same applies to Robert.

Though he is not injured, the White Sox are looking at Luis Robert to be a sort of corner stone in the organization in the future when they will be ready to compete again. Rushing him up to the majors, a 19-year-old, is foolish. Don’t expect him to be brought up this year, maybe not even next year.

The expected time to begin competing at a high level for the Sox is around 2019-2020. Expect either one of those seasons to feature Robert’s debut.

The addition of Robert will turn an already great farm system to one even better. White Sox fans should be excited to see what Luis Robert, Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson and so many more can do in just two or three short years.