The Luis Robert Factor
Eloy Jimenez was good for another quote during Soxfest. First, he made headlines with his comments about being a designated hitter but he had some other good quotes as well. This one is perhaps the one that should get White Sox fans extremely excited to watch some baseball this year. He claimed that his White Sox teammate Luis Robert is “going to be the next Mike Trout” during an interview.
In case you haven’t heard, Mike Trout is the outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels. He is already considered one of the greatest players in the history of Major League Baseball with about half a career to go. Those are some lofty expectations for a kid who has yet to step on a Major League diamond. This is honestly good to hear from Jimenez though because that means these guys have confidence in each other. That could be amazing for the clubhouse going forward.
The comparison to Trout makes sense if you think about it deeply. He might not be the greatest player of a generation by far but his style of play could be where Jimenez draws the comparison. They are both considered “five-tool” players that both play center. If Robert turns out to be 80 percent of Mike Trout then the White Sox would be thrilled.
The organization clearly believes in him as they have already handed him a 50 million dollar contract. He hasn’t played a single game with the White Sox yet but they locked him up long term. If he does end up being an elite player here soon, then the contract will look like a complete bargain. The future is bright on the south side and Soxfest gave a really nice preview.