Luis Robert, a star prospect for the Chicago White Sox, announced his presence in Triple-A on Thursday in literal grand fashion.
Robert, ranked as the No. 5 prospect by MLB.com, made his Triple-A debut on Thursday after hitting .349/.401/.618 with 16 home runs between High-A and Double-A. In his second plate appearance, Robert stepped to the plate with the bases full and launched a grand slam.
Despite the announcer’s call, that was Robert, not Alcides Escobar, who hit the slam, though Escobar was driven in on the play.
For anyone wondering, Robert’s first plate appearance was also productive. He drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
We don’t know, of course, how long it will be until Robert makes his way to the majors. If he keeps swinging like this, though, we don’t expect the fans in Chicago will be waiting much longer.