White Sox

Big Hurt: Robert 'looks like a young Mike Trout'

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Only 32 games into his big league career, White Sox centerfielder Luis Robert looks like a sure fire lock to become one of baseball’s next superstars.  

The true five-tool rookie continues to impress, opening eyes throughout Major League Baseball, both on and off the field.

He also caught the attention of the greatest player to ever don a White Sox uniform, Frank Thomas, on Pregame Live before playing the Minnesota Twins on Monday.

“We don’t know what the ceiling with this kid is going to be. I mean, he’s that great already," Thomas said. "To come in the first year, hit home runs, unbelievable defense, show you the arm, show you the legs...

"I mean, honestly, he looks like a young Mike Trout in centerfield that can do everything.”

Quite the praise from a player who won back-to-back MVP awards in 1993 and 1994 and hit 521 career home runs en route to becoming a first ballot Hall of Famer.

Robert cemented the hype with his first career walk-off home run against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

“Hitting 101," Thomas said breaking down the hit. "Stayed balanced, didn’t jump out, saw the baseball, slowed the tempo down, fat part of the bat, hit the center of the baseball, ball jumped out of the ballpark.

“It looked like a one handed home run, but that was just a nice, great tempo swing (to) end the ballgame.”

Robert leads all rookies in home runs (9) and RBI (22), and Thomas believes the sky’s the limit for the 23-year-old.

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