Chicago White Sox 2021 Season Preview: Luis Robert

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The Chicago White Sox struck gold when they signed Luis Robert as an international free agent. He was clearly a kid with all of the tools in the world that was going to be an elite player someday. Well, fast forward to 2021 and that is what you have. He has his MLB debut in his back pocket which is very nice for him as he was so good. Now, going forward, the White Sox are going to expect a lot from him.

The Chicago White Sox believes that Luis Robert can be one of the best in the league.

Robert’s career started off so well. He had to deal with playing with the White Sox during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 which caused the season to start in July and only be 60 regular-season games. Well, for the first month of his career, he was as good as any player in the league. He won the Rookie of the Month for his efforts and was the clear favorite to win the Rookie of the Year.

Well, he did hit a bit of a rookie wall to start the month of September and it lasted for a couple of weeks. That forced him to come in second place for the award instead of winning it. He got his offensive mojo back right in time for the playoffs, however, and he was a force at the plate against the A’s.

One thing that never hit a wall was his elite defense in centerfield. He won the American League Gold Glove for the premier outfield position. There are some other elite centerfielders in the AL, including some guy named Mike Trout. Robert won it over all of them and it was very fun to see. He is the definition of a five-tool player.

The White Sox put Luis Robert in a situation that some of the prospects before him didn’t have and that is team success right away. Robert stepped onto a team that was so good every day. Of course, they weren’t the best team or anything like that but they ended a 12-year playoff drought. Everyone in this batting order can absolutely crush baseballs and they are only getting better.

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2021 Expectations:

Expect Robert to be one of the best players in Major League Baseball. He is good at hitting, running, and fielding so don’t be surprised if his name appears on a few MVP ballots. It is scary for the rest of the league that he hasn’t even scratched the surface of his potential and is already so awesome. He is going to have as good of a starting lineup around him as the White Sox have ever had and he is going to be a big part of it. There aren’t many players in the whole league to be more excited about than Luis Robert.

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