White Sox keeping eye on red-hot Luis Robert at Class A Winston-Salem

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Cuban outfielder Luis Robert smiles at a news conferences after signing with the White Sox on Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Chicago. (AP)

It only has been a week, but White Sox prospect Luis Robert looks as though he’s due for a promotion.

In five games with Class A Winston-Salem, Robert — the No. 4 prospect in the Sox’ farm system — is off to a red-hot start. He’s hitting .524 (11-for-21) with four home runs, two doubles and 12 RBI.

Robert’s raw talent is undeniable, but what has impressed director of player development Chris Getz most is his composure at the plate.

‘‘He’s continued to drive the ball, have good at-bats,’’ Getz said Tuesday. ‘‘He’s obviously a very talented player, fun to watch. And I know that the Carolina League is not really enjoying what he’s putting together on a nightly basis, but from the White Sox’ perspective, it’s good to see.’’

Though Robert’s promotion to Class AA Birmingham is likely on the horizon, Getz said the Sox want him to get fully acclimated to pro baseball in the United States before moving him up. He also said it’s too early to determine whether Robert, 21, is ready for the next level.

‘‘As hitters get hot, pitchers will adjust,’’ Getz said. ‘‘From an evaluation standpoint, [we] certainly want to see how he reacts when they make adjustments.’’

Though some think Robert — who was limited to 50 minor-league games last season because of injuries — is capable of playing in the majors now, it’s highly unlikely the Sox will call him up this season.

The Sox have practiced patience with their prospects in the past. Right-hander Michael Kopech didn’t make his major-league debut until last August, despite looking ready a couple of months earlier. Likewise, left fielder Eloy Jimenez didn’t make his big-league debut until this season.


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Manager Rick Renteria said the Sox would like to see Robert continue to develop in the minors.

‘‘That experience down there is important, allowing them to play, allowing them to experience several levels within the organization,’’ Renteria said. ‘‘There’s no denying the talent that this kid brings to the table.’’

Anderson stays hot

Robert isn’t the only Sox player off to a strong start at the plate.

Shortstop Tim Anderson extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the sixth inning against the Rays. Anderson is 17-for-33 (.515) with two homers and six RBI in eight games.

‘‘He’s put himself in that position, [and] his confidence continues to grow,’’ Renteria said. ‘‘That trend is a positive one right now, and we hope that all the work he’s doing to put himself in that position continues to drive him in a positive way.’’

Jay injury update

It’s still unclear when outfielder Jon Jay will make his regular-season debut.

Jay, whom the Sox signed to a one-year, $4 million contract during the offseason, has been on the injured list with a strained right hip since the start of the season. Renteria said Jay has continued to ‘‘progress positively,’’ but he wasn’t sure when he would be in the lineup.

With Jay missing nearly a month of baseball activities, Renteria said it’s a ‘‘safe bet’’ he will have to go on a rehab assignment before returning to the Sox.

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