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Luis Robert named USA Today’s minor league player of the year

Luis Robert named USA Today’s minor league player of the year

Luis Robert should have a whole bunch of these by the time awards season is over.

The top-ranked prospect in the White Sox organization was named the minor league player of the year by USA Today on Wednesday, the honor as the best player in the minors this season coming one day after general manager Rick Hahn announced Robert won’t be receiving a big league promotion in 2019.

Robert was sensational playing at three levels this season. He finished the campaign with a .328/.376/.624 slash line to go along with 32 home runs, 92 RBIs, 108 runs scored, 31 doubles, 11 triples and 36 stolen bases.

Robert is described as a true five-tool threat, and he backed that hype up throughout the year, turning in tape-measure home runs and highlight-reel catches to go along with his consistent production in all offensive areas.

Ranked as the No. 5 prospect in baseball, Robert might not be making his major league debut in the final month of this season, but he’s expected to do it within the first few weeks of the 2020 campaign. When he does, he’ll join Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease and Michael Kopech as part of the White Sox young core.

Robert joins an impressive list of young stars to win USA Today’s player of the year honor in recent seasons. Last season, it went to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The five previous winners were Ronald Acuña Jr., Alex Bregman, Blake Snell, Kris Bryant and Xander Bogaerts.

Other outlets will be handing out their player of the year honors in the near future. Expect to see Robert’s name again.

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Triple-A Charlotte missed out on the playoffs, meaning the White Sox are likely to expand their roster

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Triple-A Charlotte missed out on the playoffs, meaning the White Sox are likely to expand their roster

As the minor league season has come down the stretch, both Rick Hahn and Rick Renteria have said the White Sox will wait until Triple-A Charlotte’s season ends before making decisions on who to bring up for September call-ups.

Well, Charlotte’s season ended on Monday.

The Knights entered the final day of the regular season tied for the International League wild card. The Durham Bulls had the tiebreaker (winning the season head-to-head with the Knights 12-11), meaning the Knights needed to win and have Durham lose.

For a while it looked like that would play out. The Knights jumped ahead early and led 5-2 after seven innings while Durham was getting thumped at home. Durham did end up losing, but the Knights bullpen fell apart in the eighth and gave up four runs.

Nick Madrigal started a ninth-inning rally with his fifth hit of the day and scored the tying run, but the Knights lost in 10 innings.

Now the question becomes who will join the White Sox? Of the hitters, Daniel Palka, Zack Collins, Charlie Tilson and Seby Zavala are all on the 40-man roster. Those are all reasonably safe bets to rejoin the Sox.

Collins will be of interest to White Sox fans. He only got 31 plate appearances with the White Sox before being sent back to Charlotte. When Collins returned to the minors, he looked like a different hitter. The 24-year-old hit .323/.441/.631 in 38 games in his second stint with Charlotte. Importantly, he struck out much less often. Collins struck out in 32 percent of his plate appearances in the first half compared to 19.9 percent in the second half.

Dylan Covey, who gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings on Monday, is also likely to rejoin the White Sox in some capacity. Relievers Jose Ruiz and Thyago Vieira are also on the 40-man roster and could give Renteria a couple more options out of the pen for the final month of the season.

With the White Sox 40-man roster being full, it would be a surprise to see anyone else up. Luis Robert and Madrigal are big prospects for the future of the team, but all signs are pointing to no when it comes to them making their big league debuts before 2020. Madrigal’s five-hit day brought his final Triple-A batting average to .331 in 29 games.


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Signed baseball card of White Sox prospect Luis Robert sells for $51,660

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Signed baseball card of White Sox prospect Luis Robert sells for $51,660

White Sox prospect Luis Robert’s signed baseball card sold for $51,660 at a recent Goldin Auction. Robert is currently playing for Triple-A Charlotte.   

The 21-year-old Cuban outfielder has had an incredible season this year in the minor leagues, making Sox fans anxious to see when he’ll be major league ready. This is some serious coin for a player who hasn’t even been officially pulled up to the MLB yet. It’ll be interesting to see how much money the card will be worth later down the line as Robert’s career continues.

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