|Chicago White Sox – No. 88|
|Born: August 3, 1997|
|July 24, 2020, for the Chicago White Sox|
|MLB statistics |
(through April 20, 2021)
|Runs batted in||39|
|Career highlights and awards|
Robert was named to the all-tournament team in the 2015 18U Baseball World Cup. He played in the Cuban National Series for Ciego de Ávila from 2013 to 2015. In June 2016, he played for the Cuban national team in the Can-Am League.
In November 2016, Robert defected from Cuba to pursue a Major League Baseball (MLB) career in the United States. On April 20, 2017, he was declared a free agent, but he was not eligible to sign with any major league club until May 20.
On May 27, 2017, Robert signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox that included a $26 million signing bonus. After signing, he reported to the DSL White Sox and played 28 games there, posting a .310 batting average with three home runs, 14 runs batted in, 22 bases on balls, and 12 stolen bases.
In 2018, Robert made his first start at outfield in a spring training game and hit a two-out, go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning, lifting the White Sox to a 14–12 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. However, Robert was placed on the injured list for two months after the game, because he had sprained a ligament in his left thumb while sliding into second base.
Robert began 2019 with the Winston-Salem Dash; he was promoted to the Birmingham Barons on April 30. Robert was named to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game. On July 11, he made his debut with Class AAA Charlotte, where he hit 2 home runs in his first game with 7 runs batted in. Robert joined the 30/30 club by hitting 30 home runs and stealing 36 bases during the 2019 season.
In 2019, he scored 108 runs, the second most in the minor leagues, and he led the minors with 165 hits.
Major League Career
On January 2, 2020, Robert agreed to a six-year, $50 million contract with the Chicago White Sox before appearing in a major league game. The contract includes team options for 2026 and 2027 which, if exercised, could bring the value of the contract to $88 million. On July 24, he made his MLB debut. July 26, he hit his first MLB home run.
In August 2020, Robert batted .298/.356/.660, including seven doubles, nine home runs, 20 runs batted in, and three stolen bases over 26 games. He won the American League (AL) Rookie of the Month Award, his first monthly award in the major leagues. Overall in 2020 he batted .233/.302/.436 over 202 at bats. Robert hit his first postseason home run in game 3 of the Wild Card Series against the Oakland Athletics off of Mike Fiers. His 487 foot home run was the longest postseason home run in White Sox history. He also won the Gold Glove Award for center field, becoming the second White Sox player in history to win the award in his rookie season.
Robert batted .316/.359/.461 through May 2, when he suffered a complete tear of his right hip flexor. The injury will require a rehabilitation period of three to four months before he can resume baseball activities, and it is not clear when he will be able to return to competition.
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