Luis Robert named USA Today's minor league player of the year


Luis Robert should have a whole bunch of these by the time awards season is over.

The top-ranked prospect in the White Sox organization was named the minor league player of the year by USA Today on Wednesday, the honor as the best player in the minors this season coming one day after general manager Rick Hahn announced Robert won’t be receiving a big league promotion in 2019.

Robert was sensational playing at three levels this season. He finished the campaign with a .328/.376/.624 slash line to go along with 32 home runs, 92 RBIs, 108 runs scored, 31 doubles, 11 triples and 36 stolen bases.

Robert is described as a true five-tool threat, and he backed that hype up throughout the year, turning in tape-measure home runs and highlight-reel catches to go along with his consistent production in all offensive areas.

Ranked as the No. 5 prospect in baseball, Robert might not be making his major league debut in the final month of this season, but he’s expected to do it within the first few weeks of the 2020 campaign. When he does, he’ll join Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease and Michael Kopech as part of the White Sox young core.

Robert joins an impressive list of young stars to win USA Today’s player of the year honor in recent seasons. Last season, it went to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The five previous winners were Ronald Acuña Jr., Alex Bregman, Blake Snell, Kris Bryant and Xander Bogaerts.

Other outlets will be handing out their player of the year honors in the near future. Expect to see Robert’s name again.

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