It has been said that beating the Chicago Cubs is amazing for the Chicago White Sox no matter what time of year it is. It would even be fun to see them beat the Cubs in an offseason charity golf match because owning them is just so awesome in every way.
There is, however, more to take away from the split-squad matches that the White Sox played against the Cubs other than the fact that they won them both. It is the way that they pulled off those wins that matters when it comes to the future of this team.
Outside of Liam Hendriks of the White Sox and Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs, the pitching on either side wasn’t notable as those guys are looking for Minor League assignments for now. You never know what the future holds for them but the hitters are at a distinct advantage.
With that in mind, it is okay to see progress made by some of the prospects that the White Sox have in the system as spring ball goes on. Most of these guys want to gain valuable experience while playing with some of the big guns in exhibition games.
Two White Sox prospects are really going to help them in 2022 and beyond.
When you discuss players like this, you can’t look much further than Oscar Colas and Yoelqui Cespedes. Each of these two was a top White Sox free-agent signing that hopes to make an impact at the MLB level
They got off to a great start in Arizona on Thursday. Cespedes played on the squad that was at home at Camelback Ranch. In that game, Cespedes went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs. It was about as good of a 2022 first impression as you can have here. It was awesome to see.
As for Colas, he played on the road against the split-squad Cubs at Sloan Park. He went 0-2 but his presence was still felt. He had an RBI which got the Cubs on the board and make it closer to being tied (which they eventually tied it) but the White Sox ended up taking care of their business.
Each of them played different games on Thursday and that is okay. This way we get to see what each one of them is without the other there making it strange. These guys probably get along really well but they also each want MLB playing time.
2022 isn’t likely going to be the year that we see these guys step into Major League Baseball. All we need right now is for both Cespedes and Colas to be healthy as they head into next year with a winning attitude. We can only hope that they play like that in every game going forward. They are both very good players that will help make this White Sox team even better one day.