The Chicago White Sox are an elite team in Major League Baseball. They have awesome players playing in the field, hitting, and pitching throughout the roster. At the front of it, however, is Luis Robert who is one of the most talented young players that the team has ever had.
Robert dealt with a severe injury in 2021 that cost him a lot of games. It also cost him some notoriety across the baseball world. If he had a full season, people would see him in the same vein as the best players in the league that compete for MVP awards.
He had a special year in the games that he played. He slashed .338/.378/.512 for an OPS of .946. He hit 13 home runs, 43 RBIs, and 42 runs scored. All of this combined with an elite glove in centerfield earned him a WAR of 3.6 in 68 games. Most players don’t even accumulate a WAR like that in 150 games or more. He is truly one of the best players in the league already.
Because he is so young and dealt with a bad injury, he has been moved up and down the batting order. He has hit second, seventh, and everywhere in between. We know that Tim Anderson is going to be the leadoff man and Robert can fit in every spot under that (besides the bottom three).
He should be in the middle of the order. You have to fit him around guys like Jose Abreu, Yasmani Grandal, and Eloy Jimenez who show off more power than contact but Robert needs to be in the middle. He is too good to be anywhere else besides third, fourth, or fifth.
Luis Robert should be in the middle of the Chicago White Sox batting order.
A lot of the time, the best pure hitter should be second but Robert fits into more than just that category. He is the best pure hitter and he could hit 40 home runs. That is why you need him right in the middle.
This is the most loaded, even before any offseason upgrades, batting order that the White Sox have ever had. They need to perform in the playoffs for anyone to be satisfied but they are truly very good. Luis Robert is going to be in the middle of it for a very long time.
Hopefully, Luis Robert is able to take another step which is even scarier to think about because he is already so good. If he is healthy for most of the 2022 season, expect him to take advantage of it and show how good he is to the world. With a bat and glove that good, MVPs are on his way.