White Sox prospect Robert creating his own buzz at camp
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- For all of the buzz surrounding top prospect Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert may have created a bigger one both during the six Cactus League games he appeared in and as he continued on the minor league side of White Sox camp.
Sox player development personnel as well as scouts from around the league are impressed with the 6-2, 210-pound center fielder's speed and power, and have seen signs of improving plate discipline. One National League pro scout, when the subject of Jimenez came up, immediately changed the topic to Robert.
"I like him better," the scout said. "He's a better athlete with a very good approach at the plate."
While Jimenez is an average, at best, defender whose future may ultimately lie at designated hitter, Robert, 21, plays center field. At the plate he was 5-for-13 with a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning, 2 triples, a double and 8 RBI in six Cactus League games. He has continued to perform well on the minor league side, director of player development Chris Getz said.
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