The Chicago White Sox have some good defensive players on their team.
The Chicago White Sox were a very poor defensive team in 2019. That was one of the knocks on them going into the 2020 season but they really quiet some people who questioned that part of their game. Outside of Eloy Jimenez (we love him and his ability to hit a million home runs), most of the position players took a major step forward defensively. As a result, they had five total players nominated for Gold Glove Awards.
Yoan Moncada, Danny Mendick, James McCann, Yasmani Grandal, and Luis Robert were all nominated and could win it. There are a few things that are very interesting as far as those guys being nominated for that award.
For one, Yoan Moncada wasn’t as prolific at the plate in 2020 as he was in 2019. He was, however, terrific defensively. He is a Gold Glove nominee at a position (third base) that has a lot of talent across the American League. If he can get himself fully right following his COVID-19 diagnosis earlier in the year, he will truly be in the MVP conversations going forward.
Two of the five players nominated by the White Sox are backups. That shows how deep this team was because they have plenty of players who can play multiple positions and hit well when they are called. They also have both of their catchers up for the award which is very interesting. Hopefully, at least one of them can win it from that spot.
Luis Robert being nominated wasn’t in the least bit surprising because he is so good in centerfield which is one of the hardest positions to play defensively. He is only a rookie and is already being given consideration for an award like this which tells you everything you need to know. His game is only going to grow both defensively and offensively and that is going to be so much fun to watch.
There is so much talent across the league so it will be interesting to see if at least one of these guys can take home the award. There are going to be a lot more chances for this team to win awards like that as they try to contend for many years which is so exciting. The hope is that these individual awards lead to long-term team success but for now, we can enjoy these for sure!