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Cubs, Sox reportedly in on Cuban pitcher

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Cubs, Sox reportedly in on Cuban pitcher

While Cuban outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler are demanding headlines, another Cuban -- pitcher Gerardo Concepcion -- may be the first to sign.

The 18-year-old lefty was declared a free agent Wednesday and can negotiate a contract with any of the MLB teams.

The Cubs and White Sox are reported to have interest, according to Enrique Rojas from ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com.

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Enrique RojasESPN Yankees Rangers Cubs WSox and Phillies among MLB clubs looking for cuban Gerardo Concepcion.
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Concepcion was named the rookie of the year last season in the Cuban Serie Nacional, the country's top amateur league. He compiled a 3.36 ERA and 10-3 record in 21 games (16 starts). He defected from Cuba last summer during the same tournament Aroldis Chapman defected from in 2009.

White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

Luis Robert has been promoted twice in 2019, but nothing has slowed down his red-hot season.

The 21-year-old Cuban has only played in five games for Triple-A Charlotte, but has skipped past the adjustment period and has been productive in all five.

After collecting two hits, a walk and two stolen bases on Monday, Robert is hitting .429/.500/.810 for the Knights. He has reached base at least twice in every game with Charlotte.

Robert has shown some versatility in his game as well. He hit four extra base hits in his first three games, including two home runs in his first game for Charlotte. In the last two he has added three stolen bases. One of the stolen bases on Monday didn’t require a slide.


With Eloy Jimenez coming into his own for the White Sox and Dylan Cease one start into his major league career, Luis Robert is the clear gem of the White Sox system currently. The outfielder is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.

Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark is known as a hitters’ park and Triple-A plays with the same baseballs that have been under fire lately for being juiced for hitters in the majors. It makes sense that Robert would put up big numbers, but it’s still an impressive start that has White Sox fans antsy for his call-up.

It’s just five games and the White Sox haven’t been in any rush with their top prospects, but Robert is showing that he isn’t that far away from being ready for MLB pitching.

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