Robert agreed to a long-term contract extension with the White Sox on Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The deal is worth $50 million over six years with two club options, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Robert advanced to Triple-A Charlotte in 2019, where he played well with a .297/.341/.634 slash line and 16 home runs over 47 games. The 22-year-old should be on the major-league roster for Opening Day, and he'll likely serve as the primary center fielder for most of 2020.
Robert won't be promoted this month, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Robert has only played in 47 Triple-A games, but he posted an excellent .297/.341/.634 slash line with 16 homers over that stretch. The White Sox cited not wanting to overwork Robert as one of the reasons for not calling him up. Service-time concerns are likely the main reason.
Frank Thomas of NBC Sports Chicago said the White Sox were leaning toward not calling up Robert when rosters expand September, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Thomas said he had a pregame conversation Thursday with general manager Rick Hahn, who indicated the club was leaning in that direction, although a White Sox spokesperson said that no decisions about callups have been made. The team held back Eloy Jimenez last season and could let Robert make his Chicago debut in 2020.
Robert went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run for Triple-A Charlotte on Monday. Robert has pounded out three home runs over the last two days, which no doubt fuels anticipation for his arrival in Chicago. The recently turned 22-year-old Robert, the White Sox's top prospect, has launched 28 homers at three separate stops in the organization.
Robert went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, a walk and a stolen base Tuesday in Triple-A Charlotte's 15-1 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Both of the top two high-level prospects in the Chicago system enjoyed productive nights, as infielder Nick Madrigal also rapped out four hits of his own. After his latest monstrous performance at the plate, Robert now maintains a .315/.372/.629 slash line through his first 28 games at Triple-A.
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