White Sox: Luis Robert Making Up for Missed Time in Arizona Fall League

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Luis Robert /

White Sox prospect making up for missing time this past season with injuries. The young outfielder is performing well in the Arizona Fall League.

Luis Robert got a late start to his 2018 season due to an injury he sustained in Spring Training. Robert, playing in the United States for the first time this year, was unable to remain healthy throughout this past season.

The 21-year-old outfield prospect appeared in just 45 games in 2018 with Low-A Kannapolis and HIgh-A Winston-Salem. After missing the first two months of the season due to a thumb injury he sustained after sliding into second base in a Spring Training game, Robert made his debut this year with the Intimidators on June 5.

Robert would return to the disabled list on July 2 after reaggravating his injured thumb with Winston-Salem. The fourth-ranked Sox prospect wouldn’t return to the Dash until Aug. 7. While Robert did get to finish the season with Winston-Salem and appeared in the postseason with the team, he missed a lot of valuable time for his development in 2018.

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With missing a majority of this past season, Robert is making up for some of that lost time currently in the Arizona Fall League. Robert has appeared in eight games so far with the Glendale Desert Dogs. Through seven games, Robert has nine hits in 30 at-bats for Glendale.

In Robert’s last appearance with the Desert Dogs on Friday, he went 2-for-6 with the game-winning RBI single for Glendale. Robert has yet to hit a home run in Arizona Fall League play, but he’s showcasing his other skills while making up for lost playing time.

Robert will likely start next season with Winston-Salem. He didn’t get enough playing time to fully adjust to professional baseball in this country this past season and the Sox clearly won’t rush him through the minors. Robert has battled many injuries since signing with the Sox as an International free agent in 2017.

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The 2019 season will be important for Robert’s development. He will need to avoid injuries and put together a complete year in the Sox farm system. In his limited playing time, Robert has shown he’s worthy of the hype. But he hasn’t been able to stay on the field very long. For Robert, he’s surely in need of having consistently good health next year.