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Luis Robert eager to show what he can do over a full season with White Sox: 'Those are Mike Trout-type talents'

LaMond Pope, Chicago Tribune on

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GLENDALE, ARIZ. — Luis Robert glided in the outfield and made a catch during a drill Wednesday with coach Daryl Boston.

Later in the morning, Robert took some cuts against Chicago White Sox teammate Reynaldo Lopez and drove one to the center-field wall.

Last spring, all eyes were on Robert as he prepared to make his major league debut.

This spring, the center fielder is preparing to show what he can do over 162 games.

“I’ve been working hard on my offense, trying to get better there,” Robert said Wednesday via an interpreter.

“If last season would have been longer than it was, I would have been able to put up better stats. That wasn’t the case, and I just turned the page and this year I’m just working to get better. I followed my routine, doing all the work I always do and especially focusing on my offense to get better there.”

 

Robert, 23, slashed .233/.302/.436 with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs in 56 games during the pandemic-shortened season.

He had a dazzling start to his big league career, earning American League Rookie of the Month honors for July/August after slashing .298/.348/.612 with eight doubles, 10 home runs, 24 RBIs, 22 runs and four stolen bases in 33 games.

September was a different story. He struggled for most of the month, going 11 for 81 and slashing .136/.237/.173 with one home run and seven RBIs.

Robert performed well in the final series of the regular season against the Chicago Cubs, going 5 for 11 with three runs. He carried that momentum into the postseason, which was highlighted by a 487-foot home run in Game 3 of the AL wild-card series against the Oakland Athletics.

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