Just after 2:00 pm (CT) FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, baseball’s main news-breaker tweeted that the White Sox were closing in on Luis Robert, with the impending deal expected to be worth more than $25 million dollars. Shortly after Rosenthal’s tweet, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and MLB Network provided a second confirmation that the White Sox and Robert agreed to a deal.
Heyman reported the deal to be worth somewhere between $25-$30 million dollars.
The White Sox were believed to be in a two-team race with the St. Louis Cardinals as of Friday evening, and the rumors have been just as rampart as you would imagine, with White Sox Twitter centered around any developments in the quest for signing what many consider to be signing with the same impact on a franchise as draft number one overall in the MLB Draft.
Robert is a 19-year old, right-handed hitting and right-handed throwing outfielder who stands in at 6-foot-3, and 205 pounds. The youngster joined the Tigres de Ciego de Avila roster at the tender age of 16-years old in 2013.
Through his 16 games with the Cuban National Team at the end of 2016, Robert posted a .286 batting average with a .319/.397/.716 slash line. Robert has also tallied one home run, two doubles, one triple, and eight RBI through his 16 games in the 2016 CAMA season. Robert also added three stolen bases in three attempts, and struck out 15 times, while drawing four walks, and scoring 12 runs for the Cuban National Team.
In his previous professional seasons in Cuba, Robert played for the Tigres de Ciego de Avila of the Cuban National Series (CNS) from 2013-2016. Over the course of his four seasons in the CNS Robert accumulated a career batting average of .311 to go along with a .406/.461/.867 slash line in 191 games with the Tigres de Ciego de Avila. Robert hit 18 homers while racking up 23 doubles, six triples, and 81 RBI during that span, and swiped 26 bases in 38 attempts. Robert struck out 112 times over that same span, but drew 80 walks as well.
Many believe that Luis Robert would be a first-round talent if he was in the traditional MLB Draft, which is really saying something considering he would be a high school age draftee at this point. Once signed we can expect Robert to head immediately to a High-A or Low-A assignment with his new club.
Given his young age, and still developing frame, Sox fans could would likely have to wait until sometime during the 2019 season to see Robert make his way to the major-league level at this point. Another acquisition that will fit just right with the White Sox current time-line of success with their existing crop of youth talent.