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Chicago White Sox: Five potential award winners in 2020

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 08: Yoan Moncada #10 of the Chicago White Sox looks on against the Kansas City Royals on March 8, 2020 at Camelback Ranch in Glendale Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 08: Yoan Moncada #10 of the Chicago White Sox looks on against the Kansas City Royals on March 8, 2020 at Camelback Ranch in Glendale Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /
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Chicago White Sox Yoan Moncada
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MVP

Yoan Moncada is that good. He has a chance to be an MVP caliber player. I am not saying that he is a shoo-in to be the MVP of the American League in 2020 but he is good enough to be in the conversation. He probably would have been more involved in the 2019 MVP conversation if the White Sox were a playoff contender. Instead, he came in 21st place in the MVP vote which isn’t bad for a player like him.

That is usually the sign of things to come. Nobody really goes from a prospect to an MVP that quickly. The steps have been taken by Moncada for us to really be having this conversation. Anything can happen in a 60-game season so Moncada being in the MVP conversation is a realistic possibility. The fact that he is an elite defender along with his offense makes it even more of a possibility. He is (for now) the most well-rounded baseball player on the team.

Moncada tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in Summer Camp but he is back now. He played in two exhibition games so he appears to be ready to go to start the season. That is huge for his chances of helping this team be in the playoff picture. If they are in the playoff picture and Moncada puts up the numbers we know he is capable of, he could absolutely be an MVP or at least a top-five finisher.

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