It is time for Chicago White Sox fans to realize how good Luis Robert actually is.
We all knew that Chicago White Sox centerfielder Luis Robert is a true superstar talent. He is well on his way to being known as one of the best players in the league. He went into Saturday night’s game slashing .277/.333/.577 which isn’t bad for a player with less than 40 Major League games under his belt. He also has 11 home runs, 38 hits, 27 RBIs, and 25 runs scored.
It has been a great start offensively for Robert. The problem for the league is that he isn’t even close to being the hitter that he will be five years from now. As good as he has been, he has still had rookie moments. There are times where pitchers are able to carve him up with certain stuff and that makes his elite numbers look even better. Once the rookie mistakes start to go away, we are talking about one of the best hitters in the world.
The thing that makes Robert extra special is the fact that he isn’t a one-trick pony. He is a five-tool player in every sense of the phrase. He can hit for power, hit for contact, run, throw, and field. The field tool was on full display in last night’s game against the Kansas City Royals. He didn’t have his best game at the plate as he went 0-4 with two strikeouts. Instead, he impacted the game in a different, more defensive way.
Alex Colome came into the game looking to make a save. On the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth, Maikel Franco drove the ball into the gap. As it was slicing away from Robert, he made a flat dive catch to save Franco from a double and perhaps a triple. It very well could have been a game-changing hit and instead it was a one-pitch out.
This was one of the many times that Luis Robert is going to change a game for the White Sox. There is a reason that he has a 2.0 WAR with less than 40 games played in the MLB. He is going to only get better and the White Sox are so lucky to have him. This was a sensational catch and one we won’t forget for a while.