Luis Robert Draws Big Crowd At First Showcase
A big crowd of scouts and front office officials attended the first open showcase today for 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Luis Robert in the Dominican Republic.
The Cardinals, Astros, Reds, Padres and Athletics all had high-ranking team officials in attendance. Those teams have already exceeded their 2016-17 international bonus pools. The White Sox, who are not over their 2016-17 pool yet, have also been linked as a possible landing spot for Robert and had special assistant Marco Paddy there. The Astros and White Sox both have separate private workouts scheduled with Robert next week.
Nearly all teams appeared to have someone there (and many of them had multiple club officials on hand), though the teams over their bonus pool and the White Sox are the ones that appear the most likely to sign Robert. He is still waiting for Major League Baseball to clear him to sign, with the 2016-17 signing period ending on June 15. The new hard cap bonus pools begin in the upcoming 2017-18 signing period that opens on July 2.