Robert has started his 2019 on an incredible pace, giving a demonstration of what can happen when he’s making consistent game contact. The #43 prospect in baseball in our recently updated Top 125, Robert has belted five home runs, swiped six bases, and slashed .471/.518/.902 in his first 50-some Carolina League plate appearances.
Robert is a physical specimen, a broad, filled out 6-foot-3 that would look the part on an NFL field. A double-plus athlete, his raw tools are among the loudest in the minor leagues. It starts with power, as his BP sessions draw easy 60s from scouts with raw that could finish as high as a 70-grade tool. He battled injuries last year and never found a groove, showing issue staying short to the ball and recognizing off-speed. There’s still length in the swing—and Robert likely will always trade some strikeouts to get to his power—though enthusing increases in his bat-to-ball ability give hope he can develop into at least an average hit/on-base producer. That offensive profile is extremely valuable considering his position on the field, as the 21-year-old projects to remain in CF despite his strength and muscled-up body type. Robert covers lots of ground in the outfield, keeping runners honest with a 60-grade arm with booming strength and carry.
A true potential five-tool player, how impactful Robert will be in the big leagues ultimately comes down to his contact frequency and approach. The ceiling is a legitimate all-star talent, and given all the ways he impacts the game, he’s likely to be valuable contributor even if the hit tool leads to some peaks and valleys at the plate.