Luis Robert

Luis Robert Moirán (born August 3, 1997) is a Cuban professional baseball outfielder for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2020.

Luis Robert
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Robert with the Charlotte Knights in 2019
Chicago White Sox – No. 88
Outfielder
Born: (1997-08-03) August 3, 1997 (age 24)
Guantánamo, Cuba[1]
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 24, 2020, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
(through 2021)
Batting average.294
Home runs24
Runs batted in74
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Cuban careerEdit

Robert was named to the all-tournament team in the 2015 18U Baseball World Cup.[2] He played in the Cuban National Series for Ciego de Ávila from 2013 to 2015.[3][4] In June 2016, he played for the Cuban national team in the Can-Am League.[5][6]

U.S. careerEdit

Minor leaguesEdit

In November 2016, Robert defected from Cuba to pursue a Major League Baseball (MLB) career in the United States.[7][8] On April 20, 2017, he was declared a free agent, but he was not eligible to sign with any major league club until May 20.[9][10]

On May 27, 2017, Robert signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox that included a $26 million signing bonus.[11][12] After signing, he reported to the DSL White Sox and played 28 games there, posting a .310 batting average with three home runs, 14 runs batted in, 22 bases on balls, and 12 stolen bases.[13]

In 2018, Robert made his first start at outfield in a spring training game and hit a two-out, go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning, lifting the White Sox to a 14–12 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.[14] However, Robert was placed on the injured list for two months after the game, because he had sprained a ligament in his left thumb while sliding into second base.[15][16]

Robert began 2019 with the Winston-Salem Dash;[17] he was promoted to the Birmingham Barons on April 30.[18] Robert was named to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game.[19] On July 11, he made his debut with Class AAA Charlotte, where he hit 2 home runs in his first game with 7 runs batted in. Robert joined the 30/30 club by hitting 30 home runs and stealing 36 bases during the 2019 season.

In 2019, he scored 108 runs, the second most in the minor leagues, and he led the minors with 165 hits.[20]

Major league careerEdit

2020Edit

On January 2, 2020, Robert agreed to a six-year, $50 million contract with the Chicago White Sox before appearing in a major league game.[21] The contract includes team options for 2026 and 2027 which, if exercised, could bring the value of the contract to $88 million.[22] On July 24, he made his MLB debut. July 26, he hit his first MLB home run.[23]

In August 2020, Robert batted .298/.356/.660, including seven doubles, nine home runs, 20 runs batted in, and three stolen bases over 26 games. He won the American League (AL) Rookie of the Month Award, his first monthly award in the major leagues.[24] Overall in 2020 he batted .233/.302/.436 over 202 at bats.[25] Robert hit his first postseason home run in game 3 of the Wild Card Series against the Oakland Athletics off of Mike Fiers. His 487 foot home run was the longest postseason home run in White Sox history.[26] He also won the Gold Glove Award for center field, becoming the second White Sox player in history to win the award in his rookie season.[27] Robert also finished 2nd in AL Rookie of the Year voting losing to Kyle Lewis of the Seattle Mariners.

2021Edit

Robert batted .316/.359/.461 in 25 games through May 2, when he suffered a complete tear of his right hip flexor. The injury required a rehabilitation period of three to four months before he could resume baseball activities..[28][29] On May 27, he was placed on the 60-day injured list.[30] He was activated off the Injured List on August 9. Overall, Robert hit .338 with 13 Homers and 43 RBI's in 68 games in 2021.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Luis Robert #88". MLB.com. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  2. ^ "Cuban Luis Robert top international prospect". Major League Baseball.
  3. ^ "Grandes Ligas observa al prospecto cubano Luis Robert Moirán".
  4. ^ "El mejor pelotero que quedaba en Series Nacionales podría estar fuera de Cuba".
  5. ^ "Cuba Sending Two Top Prospects To U.S. On Can-Am Trip - BaseballAmerica.com". 28 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Who do scouts have their eyes on with the Cuban National team in town?".
  7. ^ Badler, Ben (9 January 2017). "Luis Robert Leaves Cuba, With Clock Ticking Before New Rules Begin". Baseball America.
  8. ^ Calcaterra, Craig (10 January 2017). "Top prospect Luis Robert leaves Cuba". NBC Sports.
  9. ^ Sanchez, Jesse. "Source: Cuban OF Robert cleared to sign May 20". MLB. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  10. ^ Sanchez, Jesse. "5 favorites to sign Cuban OF phenom Robert". MLB. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  11. ^ "OF Robert gets $26M bonus in White Sox deal". ESPN.com. May 27, 2017.
  12. ^ Skrbina, Paul. "White Sox officially welcome aboard Cuban phenom Luis Robert". chicagotribune.com.
  13. ^ "Luis Robert Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  14. ^ Top prospect Robert wows with grand slam. MLB.com. Retrieved on March 11, 2018.
  15. ^ Eskew, Alan. No. 3 White Sox prospect Robert out 10 weeks. MLB.com. Retrieved on March 11, 2018.
  16. ^ Avallone, Michael; Tripodi, Chris (July 2, 2018). "Injury sidelines Robert up to eight weeks". MiLB. Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  17. ^ "Robert off to the races for Dash". MiLB.com. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  18. ^ Scot Gregor (April 30, 2019). "Chicago White Sox promote star prospect Luis Robert to Class AA Birmingham". Daily Herald. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  19. ^ Jim Callis (June 28, 2019). "Here are the 2019 Futures Game rosters". MLB.com. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  20. ^ "2019 Register Batting Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  21. ^ "New-look White Sox, Robert agree to $50M deal". ESPN.com. January 2, 2020.
  22. ^ Nightengale, Bob, and Yomtov, Jesse (January 2, 2020). "White Sox agree to long-term contract with top prospect Luis Robert". usatoday.com. Retrieved January 2, 2020.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  23. ^ Scott Merkin (July 26, 2020). "White Sox phenom Robert rockets 1st HR". MLB.com. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  24. ^ Harrigan, Thomas (September 2, 2020). "Robert, Cronenworth top rookies for August". MLB.com. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  25. ^ "Luis Robert Stats". Baseball-Reference.com.
  26. ^ "Luis Robert launches a 487 foot homer in game 3 of the AL Wild Card Series against the A's". Matt Snyder. October 1, 2020. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  27. ^ Duber, Vinnie (November 3, 2020). "Sox rookie Luis Robert wins Gold Glove Award". NBC Sports. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  28. ^ "Robert (torn hip flexor) to miss months". MLB.com. May 3, 2021. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  29. ^ Van Schouwen, Daryl (May 3, 2021). "White Sox CF Luis Robert out at least 12 weeks with Grade 3 hip flexor strain". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  30. ^ https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/05/white-sox-select-ryan-burr.html

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