Chicago White Sox: Four players that could breakout in 2020

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2. Luis Robert

So, in this case, the expectations have to be tempered initially as Luis Robert has not played a single game at the major league level yet.

Nonetheless, the success of this team is highly tied to the ability of Robert to be at least an average player in 2020 once he gets called up.

There are many reasons to be excited about Robert who split the 2019 season between three minor league affiliates, with no pitchers being able to contain him.

The 22-year-old hit .328/.376/.624 with 32 homers, 92 RBI, and 36 stolen bases in 122 games.

Robert could be among the very rare true five-tool players in the game and that is a talent that the future of this franchise is banking on to lead this team into the future.

In all likelihood, Robert will start the season at Triple-A Charlotte for the sake of service-time manipulation. He likely won’t be in the minors by the start of May, though.

Once he’s called up, the White Sox will be hoping that Robert bursts onto the scene like Ronald Acuna Jr. did in 2018 when he had a .917 OPS on his way to winning the NL Rookie of the Year Award.

For the 2020 season to be considered a breakout season for Robert, he would only have to prove to be an above-average everyday center fielder initially.