The Chicago White Sox are widely considered a team on the rise and if a couple of things fall their way throughout the 2020 season, they may just sneak into the postseason. However, in order to fully realize their potential, the Sox will need breakout seasons from a few key members of their young, talented core.
With that in mind, here are three Chicago White Sox players poised to breakout during the 2020 MLB season.
3. Nick Madrigal, 2B
He's yet to taste Major League action in his young career, but Nick Madrigal has the tools necessary to put the league on notice in 2020. A fast mover through Chicago's minor league system, the 22-year-old second baseman has done nothing but hit in his career, slashing .311/.377/.414 with 27 doubles and 35 stolen bases across three levels (High-A, Double-A and Triple-A) in 2019 (120 games). Madrigal's power still needs development, having hit four homers in 163 minor league games. But as it currently stands, his plus-hit tool should make him an ideal table-setter for the White Sox — once he adjusts to Major League pitching, that is.
2. Reynaldo Lopez, SP
The baseball world has been waiting for a Reynaldo Lopez breakout for a long while now and while he's yet to do so, the potential is definitely there. The 26-year-old had a year to forget in 2019 (10-15, 5.38 ERA), but his final six weeks of the season prior are a good indicator of just how dominant he can be. In seven starts, Lopez went 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA while holding hitters to a .173 batting average against. Rediscovering his late-2018 form will be key to Lopez's long-awaited breakout season, but his Spring Training performance so far may hint that he's found some semblance of it. In two starts this spring, Lopez owns a 1-0 record with a 1.23 ERA and 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings average.
1. Luis Robert, OF
Another fast-moving prospect in Chicago's farm system, Luis Robert not only has arguably the most breakout potential of any White Sox player, but he just may put the entire league on notice in his first professional season. Baseball's No. 3 prospect for 2020 according to MLB Pipeline, the Cuban sensation was unstoppable in his third minor league season in 2019, slashing a ridiculous .328/.376/.624 with 32 homers, 92 RBI and 36 stolen bases across three levels (High-A, Double-A and Triple-A). Robert has superstar potential and based on his ridiculous .370/.433/.630 slashline this spring, it doesn't look like he'll be overwhelmed by Major League pitching. If he can carry this momentum over into the season, he's well on his way to breakout 2020.
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