CHICAGO – Class AA Birmingham outfielder Luis Robert has been named the Chicago White Sox Minor League Player of the Month for May, his second straight monthly honor, and Birmingham left-hander Kyle Kubat has been named Pitcher of the Month as voted by a panel of Chicago-area media members.
Robert, 21, batted .311 (32-103) with 12 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 14 RBI, eight stolen bases, 16 runs scored, a .360 on-base percentage and .524 slugging percentage over 26 games in May with the Barons. He owns a 10-game hitting streak since May 22, going 19-47 (.404) with six doubles, two triples, eight RBI and six multihit games.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Robert, who is rated by MLBPipeline.com as the No. 18 prospect in baseball, is hitting .377 (69-183) with 17 doubles, six triples, 10 homers, 40 RBI, 16 steals and 38 runs scored, a .430 on-base and .699 slugging percentage over 46 games between Class A Winston-Salem and Birmingham this season.
A native of Guantánamo, Cuba, Robert signed with the Sox as an international free agent on May 27, 2017.
Kubat, 26, went 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA (6 ER/39.0 IP), one complete game, 28 strikeouts, a .224 (32-243) opponents average and 0.97 WHIP over six starts in May for the Barons. He allowed just one unearned run over five starts from April 13-May 13 and threw 20.0 consecutive scoreless IP over three starts from May 1-13.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Kubat began the season with Winston-Salem and was promoted to Birmingham on April 30. He has gone a combined 5-1 with a 1.33 ERA (9 ER/61.0 IP), one complete game, 47 strikeouts and a .196 (43-219) opponents average in 10 starts this season. Kubat was acquired by the White Sox from Kansas City in exchange for cash considerations on March 29, 2017.