Chicago White Sox: Comparing Luis Robert to Mike Trout?

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The Chicago White Sox know they have something special in Luis Robert. There is one teammate of his that thinks he’s extra special.

The Chicago White Sox know that Luis Robert is a special player. He is an elite athlete that can be the definition of a five-tool player. Most believe that Yoan Moncada has the highest ceiling out of every player in the organization, but there are some people who think that guy is Robert. One of the other elite hitters on the team, Eloy Jimenez, seems to think Robert’s ceiling is even higher than Moncada.

Eloy Jimenez has been preaching that Luis Robert is as good as Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout. Just to be clear about something, Mike Trout is the best baseball player on planet earth and it isn’t really close. The WAR gap between Mike Trout and second place is the same number as the second-place guy and 100th place guy. Trout could very well go down as the greatest player who ever lived if he keeps on the same trajectory.

Saying Robert is as good as Trout is unfair to him because it is an unrealistic bar to set for any player. Nothing is impossible in sports, but it is highly unlikely. With that said, it is fun to dream about something that awesome happening to the White Sox organization. The closest that the White Sox have come to having the best player in the world was when Frank Thomas was one of the best hitters in baseball way back when.

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Now, if you compare playstyles then you might see what Jimenez means by calling Robert “the next Trout”. They are both five-tool baseball players. By a five-tool player, he means that he has speed, power, can hit for average, fielding, and arm strength. Trout does all of those things at the highest level and the hope is that Robert can also do them at a very high level. If he ends up being 80 percent of Trout, this team is going to be something special.

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