Luis Robert had one of the best starts of any Chicago White Sox player in 2022. The team wasn't very good but he was showing everyone why he was one of the favorites for the American League MVP going into the year. Unfortunately, some injuries and inconsistent play slowed that down for him.
Robert wasn't as powerful with his bat in the second half as he was in the first. There are a lot of reasons for that but the team handled any small injury he had very poorly. If he was hurt, they would play him sporadically.
Instead of either putting him on the Inured List or letting him work through it, they played games and it didn't help him at all. There was a point when he got out there and started swinging with one hand. It was one of Tony La Russa's many failures as manager.
Coming into 2023, it is hard to predict what is next for him as he tries to take another step in his development. His ceiling is that MVP caliber player and his floor is what he was in 2022. It is obvious that he can become one of the best players in the league but he has a long way to go.
Things haven't been easy for Robert in terms of his team situation. Once he reached the White Sox he only ever had Rick Renteria and Tony La Russa. It would be nice to see Pedro Grifol come out and get this kid going back in the right direction again next year.
Final Grade: C
Luis Robert wasn't good enough with the Chicago White Sox in 2022.
Luis Robert doesn't deserve anything more than a C. He didn't even come close to reaching his potential in 2022 which is a major reason why the White Sox only went 81-81. He needs to show up healthy and motivated to dominate in 2023.
If he doesn't appear to want to win next year, he needs to be traded away. This team only can have players that want to be there. As talented as he was, he didn't look like he cared as much most of the time. That is likely a reflection of the manager.
All of the things mentioned about said manager and the overall situation with the team are why he doesn't get anything less. The benefit of the doubt is in play here but big things need to come from this potential superstar as soon as next season.