The White Sox expect to be without prospect Luis Robert after he sprained his ankle.
The outfielder, MLB Pipeline’s No. 26 prospect in baseball, is expected to miss between 7-10 days with an injury that occurred when Robert was running the bases in a Dominican Summer League contest, general manager Rick Hahn said.
It’s the second injury this season for Robert, who received a $26 million signing bonus in May. Robert returned to the lineup on Aug. 1 after he missed almost a month with a meniscus injury in his left knee. Robert has been spectacular when he has played, hitting .284/.500/.463 with six doubles and two home runs in 96 plate appearances.
Hahn said the White Sox would likely keep Robert in the Dominican Summer League the rest of the way after he returns to action. The team also intends to have him stay there for instructional camp and probably won’t bring him to the United States until it’s time to head to Arizona.
“Right now it’s a matter of getting him healthy and playing again,” Hahn said. “He’s done very well in a short period of time he’s been able to play, but between the knee and ankle he hasn’t got to play for six, eight weeks straight. Hopefully he’s back in 7-10 days, he will finish the year out in the DSL. I suspect he’ll be part of the DSL instructional league and we’ll see where he’s at come next spring training.”
The White Sox continued their rebuild Thursday by trading for an intriguing young right-handed pitcher.
The South Siders acquired Thyago Vieira from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for international signing bonus pool money.
The 24-year-old Vieira is a Brazilian native and has only made one appearance in the big leagues, striking out a batter in one perfect inning of work in 2017.
While his career minor-league numbers don't jump off the page — 14-19 with a 4.58 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 13 saves and 7.4 K/9 in 290.2 innings \— Vieira has been reportedly clocked at 104 mph with his fastball and was ranked as the Mariners' No. 8 prospect at the time of the deal. He also held righties to .194 batting average in 2017.
Here's video of Vieira throwing gas:
And this may explain why Vieira was even available:
Control has been an issue throughout his career, as he's walked 4.6 batters per nine innings in the minors. He has improved in that regard over the last few seasons, however, walking only 22 batters in 54 innings across three levels in 2017 and he doled out only one free pass in 5.1 innings in the Arizona Fall League in 2016.
What does this deal mean in the big picture for baseball? How did the Sox pull off a move like this while not having to give up a player in return?
This may help shed light on the situation from Baseball America's Kyle Glaser:
Either way, the White Sox may have just acquired a guy who could potentially throw his name in the hat for "future closer." Or at the very least, throw his name in the hat for "best name."
After posting career numbers in 2017, Avisail Garcia is already attracting trade suitors this offseason.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea, the Oakland A's have interest in acquiring the outfielder, who would fill the team's need for a right-handed bat.
The buzz should come as no surprise given Garcia produced a slash line of .330/.380/.506 in his breakout campaign, where he was also named the lone representative for the rebuilding Sox at the All-Star Game.
Now the question centers on whether GM Rick Hahn, whose phone constantly stays buzzing, sees the 26-year-old as a piece for the future or trade bait. Heading into winter meetings, Hahn reiterated that he would listen to deals involving Garcia and Jose Abreu, especially considering the South Siders are likely still a few years away from seriously competing in the American League.
With Garcia under club control until 2019 and his value at its peak, now may be the ideal time for Hahn to sell high and stockpile even more prospects for the already talent-rich farm system. The A's currently have four players in MLB Pipeline's Top 100.
It may be Avi Time in Oakland.