Very talented 19-year-old Cuban outfield prospect Luis Robert has been declared eligible for free agency, per Ken Rosenthal. Despite the immediacy of this Robert-based hysteria, Jesse Sanchez reports he will not be able to sign before May 20, which will surely not build any unreasonable level of anticipation for a high first-round-caliber talent.
Either way, Robert getting cleared means he can be signed in the current international free agent period, which neutralizes a major advantage the White Sox were seen to have in the next period. Hard caps go into effect for teams that exceeded their international spending allotment in the next year, and rule-abiding Sox were reported by Ben Badler to be the only active team on Robert that would figure to be entirely clear to pursue him under the hard cap. Now, instead, they will have to compete with the Reds, Astros, Athletics, Padres, Cardinals and possibly more.
The Sox could just outbid everyone, but their modus operandi has traditionally been to stay within ascribed spending limits, and they will be competing against several teams that have already exceeded their bonus pools, already face a total ban from signings in the next period, and have no reason to show any restraint. The organization is in a new place now, and could realize a new need to transfer funds not being used to fuel a bid to compete for the playoffs, to instead be spent on high-level amateur talent — but that kind of changing of the guard will be a lot easier to envision when it has actually taken place.
Yoan Moncada seems to have bounced back from his 0-for-4, three-strikeout Wednesday night. He went 2-for-3 with a walk, a strikeout, two stolen bases, two runs scored and the most effortless flick to send a long-distance bomb to left field, his fourth home run of the year. He has an even split of homers from each side of the plate. He’s back up to .314/.407/.569 for the season, but has also struck out in 32.2 percent of his plate appearances and picked up his second error of the year. There might not be a perfect prospect out there in the world, after all.
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No one in the vaunted Knights rotation is as consistently having ideal starts as much as Tyler Danish, which is ironic because no one has less certainty about how they will project as a major leaguer. In the meantime, he ripped off six innings with just one earned run on four hits, issued no walks and struck out four. He got 10 ground ball outs and threw only 75 pitches. If he did this in the majors, we would marvel at a pitcher who’s done such a good job of wedding his gameplan to his talent, but instead he’s in Triple-A and we wonder if he can survive without being able to miss bats.
The Knights played around with the lineup a bit Thursday,…