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A New Nemesis Has Joined the AL Central

There were plenty of positives to take away from the Twins’ opening series against the Chicago White Sox, from which Minnesota took two out of three games. Unfortunately for the Twins though, the three game series birthed a nemesis who figures to haunt the Twins for years to come.
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For years, the Minnesota Twins were haunted by Detroit Tigers corner infielder, Miguel Cabrera. Over his career, Miguel has posted a .313 batting average with an OPS of .944 against the Minnesota Twins. Cabrera seemed to put that fear of God into you that comes from truly the best players. He gave you that awful feeling where every time he stepped up to the plate you just knew that he was going to rip your soul out of your chest. Fortunately for the Twins, Miggy has reached the point where he is past his prime, and Twins fans can finally breathe a little easier when he steps up to the plate.

But just when the Twins thought they had gotten past that “fear of God”-type player in the AL Central with Miguel Cabrera, a new nemesis entered the fold over the weekend, and this one has two first names.

Luis Robert came into the 2020 season as one of the most highly touted prospects we have had in a while. Robert is a classic 5-tool center fielder who can hit, run, and defend. Standing 6-foot-2 at 210 pounds, Robert entered the season already looking like a seasoned Major Leaguer, despite being only 22 years old. The Chicago White Sox were so confident in Robert’s skills that they signed him to a massive 6-year, $50M contract before he had even played an inning in the big leagues.

We have plenty of history, though, of highly touted prospects who have flamed out upon entering the Majors. Recent American League names like Tim Beckham and Dustin Ackley have shown that just because you are highly touted doesn’t mean that it will translate to Major League success. How Robert looked in the opening series against the Minnesota Twins would be telling for just how dominant he could be for the Sox in the years to come.

Robert filled up the stat sheet in his opening series with the Chicago White Sox. In 12 plate appearances against the Minnesota Twins, Robert went 4-for-11 (.364) with a walk, a double, and a towering 419-foot home run. Robert recorded a hit in each game of the three-game series and looked every bit the part of a top prospect.

When digging into the advanced numbers though, Robert’s 2020 series debut gets even more impressive.

In Luis Robert’s first major league at-bat, Robert recorded a single. While a single doesn’t seem to be too impressive, the hit was recorded with an exit velocity of 115.8 MPH, registering as a barrel. In 2019, only 18 different batters recorded a hit of at least 115.8 MPH. Robert reached that milestone on his very first hit in the Majors. Below is the 115.8 MPH laser:



Fast forward to the 8th inning of the same game, when Robert recorded his second career hit, a double off of Twins’ reliever, Cody Stashak. Robert took a high fastball to the opposite field with an exit velocity of 103.5, showing more big-boy power.



Two days later in the series finale, Luis Robert recorded his first home run as a Major Leaguer. Robert took a first pitch changeup off of Kenta Maeda and launched it 419 feet into the center field bleachers of Guaranteed Rate Field. Robert’s first homer was recorded as a barrel with an exit velocity of 111.4 MPH.



Over the first five games of his career, Robert owns an average exit velocity of 93.9 MPH, with a 62.5 hard hit % and 2 barrels. While every article quoting stats through three games needs to be prefaced with “extremely, extremely small sample”, it only took three games for Luis Robert to flash his potential as an all-world hitter and put a knot in the stomach of Twins pitchers for years to come.

The Chicago White Sox have oodles of young potential, and while they may or not put it all together in the 2020 season, it’s apparent that they will be a force for years to come. That begins and ends with Luis Robert.

What were your first impressions of Luis Robert? How scared are you to have to face him in the AL Central for the next 6+ seasons? Leave a comment below and start the conversation!

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9 Comments

A nice straight-up stance with little pre-swing movement. Nice wrist action. If he can keep his swing from getting too long and wait on pitches he could be something special . . . dang.

1-4 to start the season. They aren't a force yet and their over all pitching leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe in a few more years they will be a force. 

    • mikelink45 likes this

Dude is super talented but I need to see this level of production for more than his first 2 big league series. I need to see if he can adjust because the pitchers are certainly going to attempt to adjust to him.

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sampleSizeOfOne
Jul 29 2020 12:05 PM

I so rarely get to quote Brick Top (from Snatch):

 

"Do you know what `nemesis' means? A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent."

 

I hope we give them plenty to um... righteously retribute.

 

That said, good to hear how good Luis Robert is. Winning wouldn't mean very much if we only played bad players...

Slow down there once was a young five tool centerfielder who was going to change his team, his division, his league.Now he is 26 and has given us some glorious moments, but he has been in the league 5 years leading into 2020 and has 393 games for those five years.That is an average of 78 games, meaning this year would be almost perfect if he had not missed the first series for an injury.Oh his name is Byron Buxton. 

 

Luis has now played 5 games - let's slow down on the hype.

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Twins_Fan_For_Life
Jul 29 2020 12:31 PM
The kid is certainly talented. Once he has a few weeks of video out there, teams will adapt to how they pitch him. Will he then make his own adjustments? If he can do that at age 22, and he can stay healthy, watch out!

His stance seems like a mix of Mike Trout and Chili Davis. His swing is more like Trout. All field threat, this guy will indeed be a decade of bad news for opponents.

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theBOMisthebomb
Jul 29 2020 04:34 PM
I cannot worry about this now. Maybe yes, maybe no, only time will tell.

Slow down there once was a young five tool centerfielder who was going to change his team, his division, his league.Now he is 26 and has given us some glorious moments, but he has been in the league 5 years leading into 2020 and has 393 games for those five years.That is an average of 78 games, meaning this year would be almost perfect if he had not missed the first series for an injury.Oh his name is Byron Buxton. 
 
Luis has now played 5 games - let's slow down on the hype.

This is true but at the same age Buxton was 30-40 lbs lighter. This guy has more power and maybe being thicker has more durability.