CHICAGO — Prior to the start of today’s twin-billing between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers, the club had a busy morning, most notably making the signing of Cuban prospect Luis Robert official.
The club announced that they have signed Robert to a minor-league contract that included a $27 Million dollar signing bonus, in addition to a $27 Million dollar tax that they will have to pay Major League Baseball for the signing, costing the White Sox a grand total of $54 million dollars to bring the 19-year old Robert to the south side of Chicago.
The White Sox held a live press conference with Robert this morning, and it was made known that in Manager Rick Renteria‘s recruitment video to Robert, he told the young five-tool prospect that the White Sox needed him to “win multiple championships”, a theory that White Sox fans desperately hope comes to fruition down the line.
Through a translator this morning Robert said that Chicago, “was the team that scouted me the most, and I felt comfortable with this team and the people that I met with.”
Robert becomes the White Sox number three prospect behind second-baseman Yoan Moncada and pitcher Michael Kopech. Robert is also listed as the number 26 prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline as of this morning. You can check out the official press release pertaining to the signing of Robert below. Robert will play in the Dominican Summer League before heading to the Arizona Rookie League.
With the official signing of Luis Robert today, he is now the White Sox No.3 prospect, and 26th overall according to MLB Pipeline. pic.twitter.com/gBrkwiZfvK
— The Loop Sports (@TheLoop_Sports) May 27, 2017
On Saturday morning the White Sox announced that they were placing infielder Tyler Saladino on the 10-day disable list with back spasms after being removed from Friday night’s match-up with the Detroit Tigers due to the injury. Saladino was hitting just an even .200 through his first 110 at-bats of the season, and lately relegated to bench duty due to his slow start as well as the emergence of Yolmer Sanchez who is currently third on the club in hitting.
The White Sox also announced on Saturday morning that they were promoting outfielder Adam Engel of the Charlotte Knights (Triple-A) to take Saladino’s spot on the roster.
Engel, 26, was hitting .312 through his first 42 games of the 2017 season with eight home runs and 16 RBI for the Knights. The former Arizona Fall League MVP will get his first crack at the major-league level sometime this weekend.
The White Sox and the Tigers are back in action this afternoon with two games beginning at 1:10 pm (CT) at Guaranteed Rate Field. Both games can be seen on CSN-Chicago.