The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.
Robert, the 20-year-old outfielder, has only been part of the White Sox organization for a short while, but he's already one of the biggest stars of the rebuild.
A Cuban native, Robert signed with the White Sox last May, and the scouting reports already had South Side baseball fans dreaming of Robert as the team's center fielder of the future. And hopes are high everywhere. Manager Rick Renteria offered his own scouting report at the Winter Meetings after seeing Robert play in the Dominican Republic: “He’s a pretty impressive specimen. Listen, this kid can fly. I saw him run down to first I think it was like 3.56 after a full swing on a ground ball. He ran down a ball in center, right-center field effortlessly. He hit a ball against the wind and a gust into center, left-center field that I thought had no chance and it ended up going over the trees.”
Robert has yet to play a game of minor league baseball in the United States, his lone action since joining the White Sox coming in 28 games in the Dominican Summer League. But there's been talk of the possibility that he could begin the 2018 season as high as Double-A Birmingham.
There's reason for all this hype, though. Robert is good. In those 28 games in the Dominican Summer League, he slashed .310/.491/.536 with 12 of his 26 hits going for extra bases.
And have you seen him swing?
As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Robert rated as the No. 3 prospect in the White Sox organization.
Get to know Robert in the video above.