Luis Robert can win the American League MVP in 2022

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The Chicago White Sox are a very good team. Part of the reason that their rebuild has worked out so nicely is the fact that they landed Luis Robert. He was the number three prospect in all of baseball at the time of his MLB arrival and he has lived up to it.

Robert is so good that he can be the MVP of the American League if he reaches his true ceiling. He only played in 68 games in 2021 thanks to a bad injury but he had a 3.6 WAR in those games. If he played at that level for 140 plus games, he would have certainly been in that conversation.

You can expect that in 2022. He has the offensive ability to get in that conversation as he hits for power and contact as well as any hitter in the American League. The fact that he is only going into year three and already this good is really scary.

Robert also hasn’t had a normal start to a career. He dealt with the COVID-19 shortened season for his rookie year in 2020 and then had the injury in 2021. When he came back at the end of the 2021 campaign, however, he was brilliant.

He also gets a boost in his MVP candidacy based on his position. He plays the premier position of centerfield and he is elite at it. That will help his WAR every year which is really nice. It is amazing to have an elite player offensively play this position at a high level as well. It is truly a luxury for Tony La Russa.

Luis Robert has a legit chance to be the American League MVP in 2022.

It is hard to be the best player in the American League right now. For one, he has the 2020 MVP Jose Abreu in the same dugout as him. Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, and Eloy Jimenez are all there as well so there is no shortage of talent.

There are also guys like Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani who should be the MVP favorites to begin every season. Vlad Guerrero Jr, Marcus Semien, Aaron Judge, and Jose Altuve amongst a few others will also have something to say about it as well.

With all of that in mind, it is easy to see Robert join that conversation in 2022. He has all of the tools needed to get to that level and he will if he stays healthy. This is going to be a lot of fun to watch and it should lead to a lot of winning for the White Sox.

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