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Meet the Prospects: Luis Robert

Meet the Prospects: Luis Robert

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.

Luis Robert

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.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.