Luis Robert Finishes 2nd in AL Rookie of the Year Voting
The White Sox phenom centerfielder was a runner-up for the American League’s top rookie honor.
The “big four” of MLB award announcements commenced on Monday evening with Rookie of the Year honors. In the American League, White Sox phenom centerfielder Luis Robert was a finalist along with Kyle Lewis of the Mariners and Cristian Javier of the Astros.
The results are in, and Luis Robert officially finished second in 2020 AL Rookie of the Year voting. Fellow standout centerfielder Kyle Lewis received all 30 first-place votes to take home the hardware. Here is a breakdown of the voting:
Over 56 games in 2020, Robert compiled a slash line of .233/.302/.436 in addition to 11 home runs, 33 RBIs, and a 101 wRC+. In the field, Robert logged a .994 fielding percentage, two assists, and eight defensive runs saved while committing just one error over 483 innings. He won the AL Centerfield Rawlings Gold Glove award just last week.
After getting off to a hot start to the shortened 2020 campaign, Robert experienced a major slump down the home stretch. His previously potent offensive output dwindled down to just above league average in terms of FanGraphs’ widely-encompassing wRC+ statistic.
That cold stretch is most likely what bumped him down a few notches among voters, as there was AL MVP — in addition to Rookie of the Year — talk surrounding him during the first month and a half of the season. Regardless of falling short of the honor, Robert’s ceiling is still sky high and he will be a staple of the White Sox lineup throughout their competitive window.