Nobody improved in 2019 across Major League Baseball than Lucas Giolito. He was statistically the worst pitcher in all of baseball in 2018, then came out in 2019 and was one of the best pitchers in the American League. He came in sixth place for the AL Cy Young Award as the best pitcher. He asserted himself to be the ace of this staff and will try to continue carrying that torch in 2020.
He will almost certainly be the Opening Day starter for the Sox this season. There are so many better pitchers that will be pitching behind him this year as well as a few more mentors so this could be another step forward for Giolito. To have a guy that is a big game pitcher like that is essential to having a championship level baseball team. Giolito looks like he might be able to be that guy.
He has a chance to be a Cy Young guy in 2020. He came in sixth last year so any sort of improvement from that and he will be right there. There are some great pitchers in the American League so you never know what could happen, but there is certainly a chance that Gioltio makes a case for himself this year.