Sporcle Saturday: 2+ WAR rookie hitters

In what has been a pleasant surprise for White Sox fans, Luis Robert’s start to his career has been uncommonly smooth. Indeed, the young Cuban center fielder has been totaled just about 1 WAR already, and we’re only about a quarter of the way into this 60-game season.

Now, is Robert likely to put 4 WAR by the time all is said and done in 2020? I wouldn’t count on it —Thursday’s game showed that he’s going to through some rough patches — but it absolutely seems likely that he’ll put up at least 2 WAR. Should he do that, he would be the thirty-first White Sox rookie to do so.

For today’s Sporcle, I’m asking you to name the 30 position players who have preceded Robert in this accomplishment. How many can you name? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the year, WAR accumulated, and position of the player in question.

Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:

  • The average triple-slash from the players on this list: .289/.352/.437
  • The top WAR for a rookie on this list came in 1966, with 6.4.
  • Two players on this list had just about as many games as Robert will have (60 and 67), but pretty much everybody else had a minimum of 100 games to get to 2 WAR.

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All data from stathead.com

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Ted Mulvey
Ted Mulvey

White Sox fan, homebrewer, academic librarian. Not necessarily in that order, but quite possibly.

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28/30. Missed both of the 1943 guys.

The closest comparison for Luis Robert’s production so far is the 1990 1B, who only played eight weeks of that season.


25/30 for everyone after 1950.


Boomer got the same guys and score as me.

As Cirensica

Only 10 out of 30… 1997, 98, 99 that was a good run producing rookies (that quickly faded away but one)


26/30. Missed the 88 OF, both guys from 43, and the 1911 guy.