Baseball is finally back! After a long cold winter, it's time to enjoy America's pastime. While we've all been looking forward to seeing superstars like Francisco Lindor and Nolan Arenado in new cities, enjoying watching pitchers like Jacob deGrom and Gerrit Cole carve up offenses, and exciting rookies like Ke'Bryan Hayes, 2021 promises to bring us so much more. Let's examine 20 MLB players who are not currently household names, but very well could be by September.
Jose Berrios, SP Minnesota Twins
The Twins have been waiting for the 26-year-old Berrios to fully break through, as they've looked at him like a potential future ace for several years now. In 12 starts last season the righty was consistent, pitching to a 4.00 ERA with a .238 batting average against in 63 innings, but Minnesota feels he's capable of so much more. It's going to be challenging for the Twins to hold off the surging White Sox in the AL Central, but if Berrios has a career year their chances will obviously improve.
Andres Gimenez, SS Cleveland Indians
Gimenez will very well end up being the most important piece the Indians received from the Mets in the blockbuster trade that sent Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco to Queens. The young shortstop impressed as a rookie in 2020, hitting .263 and reaching base at a .333 clip en route to stealing the starting job away from Amed Rosario--who also came here in the Lindor trade. But Gimenez's best attribute is easily his defense, where very few infielders can match what he can do with the glove. It's surely going to take Indians fans a long time to get over Lindor's departure, but the organization is hopeful that Gimenez can develop into a fan favorite and take a little of the sting out of the deal.
Luis Robert, OF Chicago White Sox
Robert was hyped as the AL's version of Ronald Acuna Jr. ahead of his big league debut last summer, and while he didn't quite produce at that level as a rookie, don't worry. It's coming. The 23-year-old possesses an incredible blend of power and speed, and his minor league numbers in 2019 were downright scary. Robert is expected to begin to blossom into the star he's projected to be in '21, and he lives up to the hype the White Sox will likely surge into October as a team nobody wants to play.