Spring Training Watch: Oscar Colás
On January 26, 2023, the Chicago White Sox officially invited 26 players to Spring Training. Among the list of 26, eight of those players spent time with the Charlotte Knights last season -- RHP Sean Burke, OF Oscar Colás, RHP Declan Cronin, OF Adam Haseley, RHP Lane Ramsey, LHP Samuel
On January 26, 2023, the Chicago White Sox officially invited 26 players to Spring Training. Among the list of 26, eight of those players spent time with the Charlotte Knights last season -- RHP Sean Burke, OF Oscar Colás, RHP Declan Cronin, OF Adam Haseley, RHP Lane Ramsey, LHP Samuel Peralta, LHP Andrew Perez and INF Zach Remillard.
Let's take a look at one of those players -- OF Oscar Colás
AND THE OSCAR GOES TO...
OF Oscar Colás entered the 2022 season ranked as the number two prospect in the Chicago White Sox system by MLB.com. He certainly lived up to that high praise.
A native of Havana, Cuba, Colás was signed by the White Sox as a free agent on January 25, 2022. He began this season -- his first in Chicago’s organization and first in the United States -- with High-A Winston-Salem and posted a .311 batting average with 37 runs scored, 13 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 42 RBIs in 59 games. He was promoted to Double-A Birmingham on July 12 and continued to excel. The 24-year-old compiled a .306 batting average with 39 runs scored, nine doubles, one triple, 14 home runs and 33 RBIs over 51 games with the Barons in 2022. It was an impressive follow-up from his time with Winston-Salem.
IN THE QUEEN CITY
On September 20, 2022, Colas was promoted to the Charlotte Knights from Double-A Birmingham. The talented Cuban native made his Triple-A debut later that night and recorded his first career Triple-A hit -- a single -- in the third inning. He finished the game 1-for-3 with a walk. His next game, he added two more hits.
And the Oscar goes to...— Charlotte Knights (@KnightsBaseball) September 20, 2022
Oscar Colás has been promoted to the Knights today from the @BhamBarons! He's ranked as the number 2 prospect in the @whitesox system by https://t.co/BxFLLghyEI. pic.twitter.com/VdmdzIhSA2
Appearing in just his fourth game with the Knights since his promotion from Double-A Birmingham on September 20, Colás hit his first-ever Triple-A home run in the top of the sixth inning on Saturday, September 24. The home run traveled 434 feet and it helped the Knights take an 8-7 lead over the Jumbo Shrimp. Two innings later, he added his second career Triple-A home run, a solo shot in the eighth inning. For the night, Colás went 3-for-6 with four runs scored, two home runs and three RBIs.
It's a 434-foot OSCAR 💣— Charlotte Knights (@KnightsBaseball) September 25, 2022
Oscar Colás just connected on his 1st Triple-A homer!!!@whitesox | @MiLB | @MLBNetwork pic.twitter.com/q9QHVsFtjg
OVERALL IN 2022
With the Knights in seven games in 2022, he hit . 387 (12-for-31) with five runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and four RBIs. He compiled a .424 on-base percentage and swiped one base.
Combined for the 2022 season over three levels (Winston-Salem, Birmingham & Charlotte), Colás posted a .314 batting average with 151 hits, 81 runs scored, 24 doubles, four triples, 23 home runs, 79 RBIs, and three stolen bases in 117 games.