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White Sox X-Factor for 2020 With Opening Day Finally Here

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The future for the Chicago White Sox is undoubtedly bright. They boast some of MLB’s most promising young talents. However, an aggressive offseason suggests that the organization’s front office believes that their window to make noise in the playoffs is already open, even if it’s only slightly cracked.

As far as the AL Central is concerned, we wouldn’t be surprised if the White Sox thrive. They could give the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians a run for their money for the division crown. At the very least, Chicago should be in the playoff discussion, especially with the expanded field being confirmed this week.

That brings us to a burning question. Any Sox fan wants the answer, and they’re chomping at the bit to find out. What will separate the club from being an under .500 team, to a legitimate postseason contender? In our eyes, it’s the production of touted outfield prospect Luis Robert, which makes him their 2020 x-factor. 

LUIS ROBERT WAS FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS AT SUMMER CAMP

Baseball America has already ranked Robert, who won’t turn 23 until August, as the No. 1 centerfield prospect. That tells you all you need to know about his potential, and Chicago was smart to ink him to an extension this offseason.

For starters, the Cuba native made absolute light work of minor-league pitching between three levels in 2019. Across 122 games, he tallied 165 hits with a .328/.376/.624 slash line, 32 home runs, 92 RBI, 31 doubles and a ridiculous 1.001 OPS. Yes, all of those stats were necessary because Robert was just that dominant. He even showcased his blazing speed by swiping 36 bases. A total of 16 of those were recorded at Triple-A Charlotte, so it’s not like he was taking advantage of the lower-tier affiliates.

If you need us, we’ll be watching that highlight on loop for the next several hours until first pitch against the Minnesota Twins at 8:10 p.m. ET.

LUIS ROBERT IS DESTINED FOR STARDOM

In all seriousness, White Sox fans should know what they’re getting from starters like Tim Anderson, Jose Abreu, Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada and offseason signee Yasmani Grandal. If Robert can dip into just a smidge of his untapped potential, he could add even more excitement. The Sox are definitely shaping up to be one of the most talented young teams in the sport. 

To call Robert a walking highlight would almost be disrespectful to the five-tool superstar he projects to be. The sheer dynamism and flare he’ll bring to Chicago is more than enough for us to believe that he is the club’s x-factor for the upcoming 60-game sprint.

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