White Sox 3 Up, 3 Down: Luis Robert On A Roll

Robert has five homers and a .326/.375/.767 slash line in 10 games at Triple-A.

Chris Emma
July 23, 2019 - 2:20 pm
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(670 The Score) The White Sox have been a mixed bag since returning from baseball's All-Star break, losing seven in a row to the Athletics and Royals before winning three of their next four.

While many of their young talents have progressed well, the White Sox have also shown that they're not ready to contend just yet.

Here are the latest trends with the White Sox.

THREE UP

1.) Robert crushing at Triple-A

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has often said he hopes to see prospects show dominance at every level of the minors. That's exactly what top prospect Luis Robert has done this season, as he's currently rushing opposing pitching at Triple-A Charlotte.

Robert already has five home runs and 11 RBIs with a slash line of .326/.375/.767 (1.142 OPS) in 10 games and 48 plate appearances. He has 21 homers and 64 RBIs in 85 games across three levels in 2019 while slashing .346/.397/.637 (1.034 OPS).

2.) Yo Yo keeps rolling

The White Sox have enjoyed seeing the breakout campaign of third baseman Yoan Moncada, whose numbers have increased significantly from 2018 to 2019.

Moncada had 17 home runs and a slash line of  235/.315/.400 (97 wRC+) over 650 plate appearances in 2018. He already has a career-high 18 homers to go with a slash of .305/.363/.532(136 wRC+) in 384 plate appearances this season.

3.) Nova bounces back

Veteran right-hander Ivan Nova was due for what he produced Monday night, going the distance in a complete-game win in which he allowed only one earned run.

It was by far Nova's best outing of a difficult season, one in which he holds a 5.49 ERA.

THREE DOWN

1.) Tatis has taken off

The tremendous success of rookie Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. may be tough for the White Sox to watch. Traded from the White Sox to the Padres in June 2016, the 20-year-old Tatis is showing flashes of being a star.

Tatis has a 3.3 WAR on Fangraphs, 16 home runs and a slash of .324/.388/.595 this season. He and Mets first baseman Pete Alonso are in a great race for the NL Rookie of the Year award.

2.) Detwiler down

Veteran right-hander Ross Detwiler is the latest White Sox starter to struggle at the bottom of the rotation. Like Ervin Santana and Odrisamer Despaigne before him, it's just not working out.

Detwiler is 1-1 with a 7.02 ERA and 7.15 FIP over his first four appearances, including three starts, this season. He's allowing 2.7 home runs per nine innings and striking out only 3.78 batters per nine innings. Unfortunately for the White Sox, there's no alternative in place.

3.) Rough start for Reed

Claimed off waivers by the White Sox on July 8 and added to the roster following the All-Star break, first baseman A.J. Reed is still trying to establish himself with his new organization.

Reed is slashing .227/.292/.364 with a .283 wOBA and 75 wRC+ over 24 plate appearances.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.