The trade deadline has come and gone and the Chicago White Sox still have clear needs to be considered World Series ready. One of those positions is a reliable everyday right fielder with power. Preferably, it would be from the left side but at this point, beggars can’t be choosers.
With the failure to add at the deadline, the front office has shown their faith in the farm. Or, at least, will have to deal with the lack of moves. All eyes now are on two players. The second-ranked prospect in the White Sox organization is Oscar Colás and the fourth-ranked prospect is Yoelqui Céspedes and these two could fit the bill.
Both are Cuban studs acquired in the international pool. Céspedes’s signing drew headlines comparing him to his brother Yoenis but further along in development. Colás’s bat and arm drew scouts into considering Shohei Ohtani comparisons.
Currently, both are teammates on the Birmingham Barons in Double-A and are having impactful and powerful seasons. While Colás bats from the left side, Céspedes appears defensively further along.
The Chicago White Sox could consider a call-up before the end of the season.
However, both have canons of arms. If the White Sox are going to receive immediate OF help from their farm system, it will be from one of these two.
In an ideal world, the Colás and Céspedes race would begin competing for a 2023 roster spot. With the lack of power, depth, and quite frankly enthusiasm, the answer to turning this season around has to come from within the organization. The only question is who and when.