2022 Player Outlook
There is no questioning Robert's talents, both in the field and at the plate. The only concern at this point is durability. The budding superstar opened the 2021 season slashing .316/.359/.463 until a Grade-3 hip flexor strain knocked him out of commission until early August. Upon his return, he picked right up where he left off, posting a .350/.389/.622 line over the final 43 games of the season, though he did miss a few games here and there with minor leg injuries. The hip and leg issues, obviously, hindered his stolen base production, but with a full-season of health, he should blossom into a 20-plus steals leadoff-hitter. He cut down the strikeouts and his on-base work was impressive for a guy with a walk rate below five-percent, but we don't expect him to post a near-.400 BABIP regularly, so some improvements are still needed. We'd also like to see him maintain his balance between power and speed, something young hitters struggle with once their power starts developing more. Everyone loves to hit the long ball. But given this is still his age-24 season, we can be patient and just enjoy the production.