White Sox international signings: Oscar Colás joins the organization


The “Cuban Ohtani” is officially part of the Chicago White Sox organization.

The long-awaited signing of international free agent Oscar Colás was made official on Tuesday, with the White Sox announcing a pact with the 23-year-old outfielder that comes with a $2.7 million bonus.

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Colás has garnered a lot of attention, mainly for the monster attacking numbers he put up in Cuba and the Japanese minor leagues. The White Sox have been favorites to sign him for a long time, and the union was virtually inevitable as Colás spent months posting photos of himself in team attire on social media.

Colás has drawn attention as a potential two-way star who could have reached the same heights as reigning American League MVP Shohei Ohtani, but he doesn’t plan to pursue that unique brand of stardom, opting to focus on the spot that it is so well done.

The addition of another young Cuban star continues the incredible tradition the White Sox have established of employing the best talent from this nation, which dates back to future Hall of Famer Minnie Miñoso and made a leap into the modern era, with José Abreu, Yoán Moncada, Yasmani Grandal and Luis Robert currently playing for the major league team and exciting prospects Yoelqui Céspedes, Norge Vera, Yolbert Sanchez and now Colás populate the minor leagues.

Céspedes was the highest-ranked player in last year’s international signing class, and the White Sox have now landed another top-five player this time around, with Colás listed as the No. 5 prospect in the crop. of this year.

In addition to Colás, the White Sox also announced the signing of 17-year-old Dominican outfielder Erick Hernández, who is the 28th prospect in the class this year. He’s a left-handed hitter who can play all three outfield positions and has been compared to Washington Nationals star Juan Soto.

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