Luis Robert of the Chicago White Sox has a chance to be an MVP caliber player.
When some people think of Luis Robert, they might think of the rookie that had a brilliant rookie season for the 2020 Chicago White Sox. That team ended a 12-year playoff drought and showed the world that they are coming. Robert was a big part of their success and is going to be for a long time. With that said, Robert isn’t just another good player that is going to be a part of a good team. This kid has the potential to be an MVP caliber player.
We had an MVP caliber player have an MVP winning season in 2020 with Jose Abreu. He was one of the best players in the world this year and showed Robert everything there is to know about being a great player. As good as Abreu is, Robert has the potential to be so much better. When we talk about the five or six best players in the league, Robert has the tools to become one of those guys.
He can hit, run, throw, field, and hit for power. Those five tools are how we evaluate players and it is rare to find someone who can do them all at an elite level. Luis Robert can absolutely do them all and he demonstrated it in his short rookie season. As he has come up through the system, he has shown that he can do them all and continues to get better as the days go on.
In 2020, Robert was a hitting machine. He hit for contact and power which is always a good combination. He can hit a ball 500 feet or have a clutch game-winning double whenever it is needed. He slumped at the beginning of September but had it figured out by the playoffs. He has the skills to be one of the best hitters in the league. As pitchers adjust to him, he has the ability to adjust right back.
In addition to his bat, Robert is an amazing runner. He led the White Sox with nine stolen bases. He can clearly run well which is something the White Sox have sort of lacked lately. His speed also helps him field his position as well as any player in the league. Centerfield is a premier position in baseball so Robert being an elite centerfielder will really help them for a long time. He won a Gold Glove for the position in his rookie year which speaks volumes about how good he is.
Normally, when someone is a rookie we need to slow it down with the expectations but for some reason, it feels different for Robert. He looks like the type of player that can be one of the very best in the league. He can win more Gold Gloves, Silver Sluggers, and potentially even MVPs. The most important thing is team success but him being an outstanding individual should lead to some team success naturally because he is that gifted.