Chicago White Sox prospect Oscar Colas recently earned a promotion to double-A Birmingham. He had no problem during his time in High-A to begin the season, slashing .312/.369/.475 with seven homers, 42 RBIs, 23 walks, and 54 strikeouts in 268 plate appearances. He was the White Sox’s only representative in the Futures Game on July 16 at Dodger Stadium.
In limited action in double-A, Colas is already off to a hot start. In 26 plate appearances, the big lefty is slashing .458/.500/.917. Yes, it’s a small sample size, but he is already tearing the cover off the ball. Three home runs and eight RBIs in six games at a higher level is impressive. He has yet to homer in his three games at Birmingham’s Regions Field, which is notoriously a pitcher’s park. However, he did hit two doubles and went 5-13 in that three-game home series.
In his most recent action, Colas went 5-for-7 and drove in five runs in two games with three home runs. Two of those homers came in his last game on the road against the Rocket City Trash Pandas.
Another number worth noting in this small sample size is his very solid 12.5% strikeout rate. Double-A often features better overall pitching than Triple-A, which makes this recent run by Oscar more impressive.
Cause For Excitement
Oscar Colas tearing up Double-A so far is a promising development despite the small sample size. If Colas can continue at this pace, he will start forcing the issue for the Chicago White Sox.
It’s no secret that corner outfield positions have become revolving doors of poor defenders and underperforming hitters. Specifically in the right field, where the Sox continue to trot out the first basemen such as Gavin Sheets and Andrew Vaughn. Their offseason acquisition of AJ Pollock seemed to address this issue, but Pollock has been lackluster despite a recent upward trend.
Colas projects to be a corner outfielder in the majors despite mostly playing center field in the minors. The White Sox also have a long-term answer in center field with Luis Robert despite him being often injured.
It should come as no surprise if Colas propels his way into the top 100 prospects list. He would join Colson Montgomery as the only other top-100 prospect in the White Sox depleted farm system. Don’t expect to see Colas at 35/Shields in 2022, however. He still has a while to go until he cracks the major league lineup.
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