The Chicago White Sox along with every other team, are hitting the field for spring training which was delayed by the lockout. The White Sox have a lot of work to do to try to regain the same form that they had last year and get back into the playoffs.
They need good people to help them do that and they have a bevy of talent available to get them to the next level.
While he may not be ready to tackle big-league pitching this year, Oscar Colas seems to be well on his way to becoming a star in Major League Baseball. Colas has been gaining some notoriety and appears poised to have a big Minor League career which could translate into Major League success.
Colas hails from Cuba. He played in the outfield and pitched. He is no longer pitching, instead opting to concentrate more on his hitting where he will likely find greater success. Colas bats and throws left and can play any of the three outfield spots which make him pretty flexible.
Oscar Colas is someone for White Sox fans to be extremely excited about.
He has played in the Japanese Minor Leagues for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks and had a .302/.350/.516 slash line while swatting 11 home runs. He played solid baseball in Cuba, where played well as a hitter and a pitcher.
In January 2020, Colas defected from Cuba to the United States and set his sights on playing baseball here. After being granted his release nearly a year later, he was set to sign with a Major League team and ended up being signed by the White Sox. They signed him for 2.7 million dollars.
Colas has been in the White Sox minor league system for just a few months now but he’s already turning heads in the short time that he has been there. Having not played baseball since 2019, Colas has some catching up to do.
It shouldn’t take him long to show that he’s worthy of Major League consideration. If anything, he gives the White Sox some depth in the outfield that can be called upon in the future should there be an injury to a starter.
I would look for Colas to sit in the minors for a couple of years as he regains his baseball acumen and gets back into baseball shape. The White Sox are pretty well set at two positions in the outfield with Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert manning left and center field respectively.
Right field could use a little help and the Sox are going to get that shored up this season but there are opportunities for Colas to play there in the future.
He won’t be playing in 2022, though because he isn’t ready to go yet. Look for him to crack the lineup in a couple of seasons and be a part of a winning White Sox team.