Just hours after reportedly having a deal in place with 18-year-old right-handed pitcher Norge Vera, “the best international pitcher on the open market,” according to FanGraphs’ Josh Herzenberg, additional reports are indicating that the White Sox have their eyes set on another big-name Cuban prospect, Oscar Luis Colas.
According to McDaniel and other reports, Norge Vera is set to sign with the White Sox for around $1.5 million, which would leave the club just under $6 million during this international signing period. You can read more about the Vera signing from our own Jonnie Nonnie, here.
Colas, 21, recently defected Cuba to pursue an MLB contract and should be eligible to post in the upcoming signing period, so long as he establishes residency in a country outside of Cuba and the United States before then.
At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, Colas is known to many as the “Cuban Ohtani” due to his ability to pitch and hit.
On the mound, Colas has a fastball from the left side that touches up to 95 MPH but sits between 92-94 MPH. As a hitter, Colas slashed .302/.350/.515 with 11 home runs in the minor leagues of the Nippon Professional Baseball organization.
According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, scouts stop short of calling Colas the next Luis Robert, who is presumably the White Sox’s Opening Day center-fielder in 2020, but his power fastball from the left side and his ability to play the outfield and hit from the left side is plenty reason to excite any team that lands him this summer.