White Sox: Luis Robert Must Remain Healthy in 2019

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White Sox prospect has dealt with various injuries over the past two seasons. In order to realize his full potential, he will need a completely healthy 2019.

White Sox prospect Luis Robert is a very talented player. Over the past two seasons in the Sox farm system, Robert has shown he can be a five-tool player. Unfortunately, Robert hasn’t shown much of his potential due to missing time with various injuries.

Sox fans have been excited about many prospects in the minors over the last two years, including Robert. However, one concern fans have started to express is the durability of Robert.

Entering his third season in the Sox farm system, 2019 figures to be a very important year for the native Cuban. Robert has yet to play a full season with any Sox minor league affiliate. He missed time this past season due to injuries.

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Robert didn’t start his season until June 5 and then missed some more time after reaggravating his thumb injury. To make up for so much missed time, Robert played in the Arizona Fall League. Robert played 18 total games with the Glendale Desert Dogs and finished with an impressive .324/.367/.432 slash line.

In just 50 games combined this past season with Low-A Kannapolis, High-A Winston-Salem and in the Arizona Rookie League, Robert had a .269/.333/.360 slash line with 15 stolen bases.

To date, Robert has appeared in just 78 games over the past two seasons. If Robert is going to ever realize his potential as a five-tool player, 2019 will need to be a season where he appears in a lot more games than he has in the past.

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At 21, Robert is still young enough to take time to develop in the minors. There’s no rush to promote Robert quickly. But, if Robert can’t stay healthy in 2019, he could potentially stall his own development which won’t be good news for the Sox rebuild.