Luis Robert
Luis Robert
23-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago White Sox
10-Day IL
Injury Hip
Est. Return 8/15/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Sky-high expectations reached outer space after Robert signed a long-term extension with the White Sox in January of 2020 before making his major-league debut. We all had to wait longer than expected for that debut, but Robert did not disappoint early with a .298/.348/.612 line, 10 homers and four steals in 33 games through the end of August. Arbitrary endpoint warning: Robert then hit .136/.237/.173 with 32 strikeouts and one extra-base hit in his final 93 PA after the calendar flipped to September. There is a learning curve for all players and it was easy to see that Robert would have some growing pains at some point because for as highly-touted as he was as a prospect, the plate skills are unrefined. The tools are off the charts and the considerable upside makes it tempting to overlook the fact that he's still a work in progress. He will likely be batting in the middle of an exciting White Sox lineup. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#35
ADP
$Signed a six-year, $50 million contract extension with the White Sox in January of 2020. Contract includes $20 million team options for 2026 and 2027.
Will not undergo surgery
OFChicago White Sox
Hip
May 7, 2021
Robert (hip) has opted against surgery and an update on his recovery will come in eight weeks, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
The decision to not undergo surgery, but rather rest and rehabilitate will not affect the timeline for Robert's return. The torn right hip flexor interrupted a strong start to the season for the center fielder, who hit .316 with one home run and four steals in 95 at-bats.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
1
2
3
8
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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6
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+30%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2019
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .862 69 16 3 10 1 .283 .362 .500
Since 2019vs Right .746 246 27 9 28 12 .250 .309 .438
2021vs Left 1.011 20 3 1 2 0 .333 .400 .611
2021vs Right .778 83 8 0 6 4 .312 .349 .429
2020vs Left .799 49 13 2 8 1 .262 .347 .452
2020vs Right .731 163 19 9 22 8 .218 .288 .442
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+18%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+21%
OPS at Home
2019
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .788 150 21 6 18 4 .270 .313 .474
Since 2019Away .731 173 22 6 20 9 .239 .318 .413
2021Home .756 53 6 0 4 1 .292 .340 .417
2021Away .891 50 5 1 4 3 .340 .380 .511
2020Home .805 97 15 6 14 3 .258 .299 .506
2020Away .663 123 17 5 16 6 .194 .293 .370
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Luis Robert compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.25
 
BB Rate
6.8%
 
K Rate
27.2%
 
BABIP
.433
 
ISO
.147
 
AVG
.316
 
OBP
.359
 
SLG
.463
 
OPS
.822
 
wOBA
.358
 
Exit Velocity
81.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
25.0%
 
Barrels/PA
9.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
If we were just scouting the stats (.328 AVG, 32 HR, 36 SB) across Robert's stops at High-A, Double-A and Triple-A, he would be the top prospect in baseball. However, there are some small areas of concern. First, he had a 129:28 K:BB in 122 games, and it's not like he was particularly young (by top prospect standards) for the levels he played at in his age-21/22 season. He struggles to pick up offspeed pitches, which could result in strikeout rates north of 30% early on against MLB pitching. Robert's elite athleticism should allow him to largely overcome those issues and be a productive fantasy outfielder from Day 1. His plus-plus raw power and plus speed will translate to some 30-20 or even 40-20 seasons, but it may take a few years for him to not be a BA drain. He is unlikely to ever be a positive contributor in OBP, but Robert should debut right away after inking a long-term deal in January.
Robert has impressive physical tools, but his stock has dipped since the White Sox committed $52 million to sign him in 2017. A left thumb injury erased his first two months of 2018. He was eased back with a two-week Sally League assignment before getting promoted to the Carolina League, where his age and pedigree suggested he belonged. Robert re-injured his thumb after just nine games with Winston-Salem and did not return until early August. The only level where he has ever been a below league-average hitter (81 wRC+) was the only level (High-A) where he was age-appropriate. In fact, his only two home runs in 68 stateside games came in the hitter-friendly Arizona Fall League, where he slashed .324/.367/.432 with a 13:5 K:BB and five steals in 18 games. He has tools (plus power, plus speed) that are tough to give up on, but the odds seem long that he will hit for a high average while displaying that 25-25 upside in the big leagues.
The final impact Cuban prospect to sign under the old international rules, Robert received a $26 million bonus from the White Sox, resulting in a $52 million commitment after the overage tax. A lean, athletic 6-foot-3 center fielder, Robert hadn't played competitively for about a year when he signed, so he was eased into pro ball in the Dominican Summer League. The 20-year-old's production should be essentially thrown out, as the talent disparity between Robert and the rest of the DSL would be akin to sending an established major leaguer to Double-A for 28 games. Evaluators agree that he is a plus runner with premium bat speed that could lead to plus power. However, there are conflicting reports about how he projects as a hitter. Some think he will hit for a relatively high average with good on-base skills, while others think his swing may need to be overhauled if he is to make enough contact against upper-level pitching. He is an extreme upside gamble in dynasty leagues. Robert is expected to be assigned to Low-A or High-A.
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Heads to IL
OFChicago White Sox
Hip
May 4, 2021
The White Sox placed Robert (hip) on the 10-day injured list Tuesday.
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Diagnosed with Grade 3 strain
OFChicago White Sox
Hip
May 3, 2021
Robert was diagnosed with a Grade 3 strain of his right hip flexor Monday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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Slated to miss extended time
OFChicago White Sox
Hip
May 3, 2021
Robert (hip) will miss extended time due to his injury, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
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Headed to injured list
OFChicago White Sox
Hip
May 2, 2021
Manager Tony La Russa said Sunday that Robert (hip) "will definitely go on the IL," James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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Diagnosed with hip strain
OFChicago White Sox
Hip
May 2, 2021
The White Sox announced that Robert was removed from Sunday's game against Cleveland due to a right hip flexor strain, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
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