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White Sox Are Frontrunners to Sign Top International Prospect

Jason Schandl
The Chicago White Sox are favorites to sign Cuban prospect Oscar Colas.
The Chicago White Sox are favorites to sign Cuban prospect Oscar Colas. / Ron Vesely/Getty Images

Even after getting swept by the New York Yankees last week, the Chicago White Sox are clearly one of the best teams in baseball, and fans have their sights set on a potential World Series appearance.

That doesn't mean the team's focus is solely on the short-term, however.

Looking ahead to next offseason, the White Sox have emerged as the favorite to sign one of the best available international prospects — Cuba's Oscar Colas.

Oscar Colas White Sox

Colas is a former pitcher who has hit 95 MPH with his fastball, but that's not the role he will likely play in the MLB. He no longer wants to pitch, and reports are that the White Sox don't want him to.

And when you look at his hitting numbers, it's clear why. In four years playing in Cuba and Japan, Colas owns a .282/.343/.483 slash line with a .826 OPS, 28 home runs, 16 RBI and 6 stolen bases across 730 plate appearances.

The fact that the White Sox are already this good while four of their five leaders in WAR are 28 years old or younger (Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, Yermin Mercedes and Luis Robert) makes them a force to be reckoned with.

The potential that they add another elite prospect in the 22-year-old Colas is flat-out unfair.

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