Luis Robert has been one of the highest-ranked prospects in the White Sox organization for years, and he’s showing us exactly why in 2020. Robert, the 23-year-old Outfielder from Cuba, signed a 6-year, $50 million deal with the White Sox in January, giving the White Sox a much cheaper alternative to an extension later on, as Robert will not have to tender a contract or go into arbitration during his time in a White Sox uniform. Through the first twelve games of the season, Robert has shown exactly why he deserved every penny of that contract. Robert is batting .370/431/.565 (BA/OBP/SLG), with 17 hits, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 5 BB, and 14 Ks. That is unheard of for a rookie, and it’s even more impressive considering the lack of preparation Robert and the rest of the White Sox hitters had before the season. Robert has grounded into one double play in eight opportunities and has been very patient at the plate, seeing 3.2 pitches per plate appearance. Robert’s performance in 2020 has gotten the attention of his teammate, Evan Marshall, who stated that “Luis Robert is probably the MVP in the AL right now.” While Robert’s performance has been dazzling, he would not get my vote for MVP if I had one, as that would be going to Yankees’ slugger Aaron Judge, but if Robert’s tear continues, he will continue to get the attention of fans across the country.
The newest addition to the White Sox active roster is Nick Madrigal, the fourth-overall selection in the 2018 MLB Draft. Madrigal, 23, made his MLB debut on July 31, after a horde of injuries freed up the space on the roster for him. In his first five career games, Madrigal has 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 RBI, a walk, and two strikeouts, while carrying a slash line of .294/.333/.628, mostly batting out of the nine-hole. Unfortunately, Madrigal’s stint in the MLB will be cut short for now, as he separated his left shoulder while sliding into third base on Tuesday night, prompting a trip to the injured list. Madrigal could be back by September if all goes well during the recovery process.