The Chicago White Sox have a lot of good young players. There are a few reasons why they didn’t succeed in 2022 but there is no doubt that some of these players had down years all at the same time. There is a lot to be worried about and 2023 will be very telling.
Outside of their MLB squad, they don’t have the best farm system of all time but there are a few really good players. They came into this season ranked dead last in the league but the evolution of some of these prospects has pulled them off that ranking.
A player that can be thanked for that is Oscar Colas. He was signed as an international free agent and has done amazing since joining the organization. He didn’t make it to the Major Leagues in 2022 like the team thought that he would but there are a few reasons for that.
The biggest reason is that by mid-September it was clear they clearly weren’t going to the playoffs so bringing him up wouldn’t help him. It was better for him to go from AA to AAA and stay there to finish out the year. His ascension through the minor leagues was impressive.
The Chicago White Sox are hoping that big things are in store for Oscar Colas.
This offseason is going to be a bit of a reset for the White Sox. They may use their money in other areas if he is clearly able to be the starting right fielder on Opening Day 2023. All signs point to him being able to do so. There is a lot to be excited about when it comes to his future.
In 2022, he started with A+ Winston-Salem where he played in 59 games. Then, as mentioned before, he made his way to AA where he played 51 games before an extra 7 in AAA. It was a great way for him to go through the organization in his final full year of MiLB baseball.
This was his first year in that league after coming over from the Japanese League. Now, he might be ready to take over in right field for the White Sox as soon as Opening Day. His offseason growth and spring training will determine that for sure. He can also play first and center when needed.
If the White Sox front office doesn’t make a move for a right fielder during the offseason, you can probably guess that it is because they believe in Colas. They better be right about it. Hopefully, he can become an impact player at the MLB level one day soon.