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Law: White Sox prospect Robert 'a monster of a man'

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I've been trying to see Chicago White Sox outfield prospect Luis Robert (No. 54 overall) take an actual game at-bat for more than a year now, dating back to spring training 2018, when he hurt his wrist the day after I arrived in Arizona (while I was watching Shohei Ohtani). That was the first of four separate times I was somewhere he was supposed to be but he didn't play due to injuries. The good news is I finally did get to see him play, on Tuesday night at Wilmington's Frawley Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals' High-A affiliate. The bad news is that he went 0-for-5 as a DH and got the day off Wednesday, so I have yet to see him play the field, get a hit or even reach base.

Robert is a monster of a man -- I did see him take batting practice in the Arizona Fall League and was shocked at how big and broad he is, much more of what we'd consider a football body if he were U.S.-born. At the plate, he has a very simple, quiet approach, something I think has been pretty common among Cuban position players who have defected to the U.S., and he reminds me in a good way of a younger Jorge Soler or a leaner Yasiel Puig, both Cuban defectors who looked similar mechanically.