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.
Robert hit two solo home runs for Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday.
Robert has handled the transition to Triple-A with aplomb, going 13-for-30 with five home runs, 11 RBI and 10 runs scored over seven games. The White Sox on Thursday optioned outfielder Charlie Tilson to Charlotte, and a corresponding move will made Friday. It's probably too early to bring Robert up to Chicago, but he's knocking on the door. A callup in September when rosters expand is possible.
Robert went 3-for-5 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and seven RBI in his first game for Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday.
Robert, the White Sox's top prospect, is leading off for the Knights, as he did at Double-A Birmingham. He followed up Thursday's effort with a double and was hit by a pitch in four plate appearances Friday. Robert may get an introduction to MLB when rosters expand in September and should have a regular gig in center field next season.
Robert will move up to Triple-A Charlotte following the Futures Game, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Robert's second promotion of the season is a deserved one, as he hit .314/.362/.518 with eight homers and 21 steals in 56 games for Double-A Birmingham. He could well be deemed big-league ready by the end of the season, but the White Sox will likely hold him down until mid-April of next season to get an extra year of team control.
Robert went 4-for-5 with two doubles Tuesday in Double-A Birmingham's 5-4 win over Montgomery.
Robert struggled out of the gate upon moving up to the Southern League on April 30, but he's settled in nicely at the plate ever since. He's recorded a hit in all but one of his last 14 starts, batting .339 with 11 extra-base knocks over that span. The 21-year-old now sports a monstrous 1.138 OPS between his two minor-league stops this season, though he hasn't been as efficient of a base stealer (14-for-22) as the White Sox were probably hoping.
Robert was promoted to Double-A Birmingham on Tuesday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Thumb issues cost Robert some development time last season, limiting him to just 50 total games, but he started this year on a tear for High-A Winston-Salem, hitting an incredible .453/.512/.920 in 19 games. The 21-year-old has only played a total of 97 games in affiliated baseball, some of which have come at levels which were clearly not enough of a challenge for him.
Robert (hand) is back in the lineup at High-A Winston Salen on Friday, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Robert suffered the bruised left hand last Saturday but makes his return for the Dash after a few days off. The 21-year-old is slashing a meaty .475/.530/.915 with six home runs and seven steals in 59 at-bats.
Robert is day-to-day at High-A Winston-Salem with a left hand contusion, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
He missed a lot of time last year with a left thumb injury, and he dealt with a thumb issue this year in spring training as well, but it is unclear if this latest injury has anything to do with that thumb. Robert is one of the hottest hitters in the minors, slashing .475/.530/.915 in 15 games, and was probably on the verge of a promotion to Double-A prior to this injury.
Robert is hitting .524 (11-for-21) with four home runs, two doubles and 12 runs batted in over five games at High-A Winston-Salem.
Robert bashed two homers Opening Day and hasn't let up since. The 21-year-old is making an impression on White Sox director of player development Chris Getz, Madeline Kenney of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "He's continued to drive the ball, have good at-bats," Getz said Tuesday. "He's obviously a very talented player, fun to watch. And I know that the Carolina League is not really enjoying what he's putting together on a nightly basis, but from the White Sox perspective, it's good to see." Getz added that the organization will keep Robert at Winston-Salem for now where they'll get to see how he reacts to the inevitable adjustments opposing pitchers make.
Robert went 2-for-4 with two home runs, five RBI, a walk, two strikeouts and a stolen base Thursday for High-A Winston-Salem.
He entered the season with just three home runs in 78 regular-season pro games, so it was great to see him tap into his huge raw power on the first night of the minor-league season. Robert is 21 and spent most of last season at High-A, so the real test will be when he gets the bump up to Double-A, likely in a month or two.
Robert is slated to open the 2019 season at High-A Winston-Salem, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Roberts finished the 2018 campaign with the affiliate, managing a .244/.317/.309 slash line while striking out in 26.4 percent of his 140 plate appearances. The White Sox will want to see him find sustained success in the Carolina League before advancing him to Double-A Birmingham.
Robert was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday.
Robert got to spend the first part of camp with the big-league squad, going 4-for-11 at the plate with two triples and a home run. He struggled in a 32-game sample for High-A Winston-Salem last season, hitting just .244/.317/.309, so he may have to return there before continuing to climb the ladder.
Robert went 1-for-3 in Monday's game against the Brewers.
Robert played for the first time in more than a week after missing action due to a jammed thumb. He had been made available over the weekend but did not get into a game until Monday.
Robert (thumb) is listed among the White Sox's available position players for Saturday's Cactus League game against the Rangers, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Robert might not be summoned from the bench, but the fact that he's gained clearance to dress for the contest suggests he's moved past the jammed left thumb that has hindered him the last few days. Expect the White Sox to assign the young outfielder to their minor-league camp in the coming days as they aim to get longer looks at some more realistic candidates for the Opening Day roster.
Robert (thumb) took part in batting practice Friday but won't play against the Angels, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Robert hoped to make his return to action Friday, but now manager Rick Renteria is looking at Saturday's game against the Rangers, though his return is anything but certain. The 21-year-old has been sidelined throughout the week after jamming his left thumb on a slide attempt Tuesday.
Robert (thumb) hopes to be available for Friday's game against the Angels, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
He took live batting practice Thursday after jamming his left thumb on a headfirst slide Tuesday. Robert will likely return to High-A Winston Salem to start the 2019 season, but could spend the bulk of the year at Double-A.
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