Notes from Charlotte: Is It Oscar Colas Time Again in Chicago?

White Sox prospect Oscar Colás
(Photo by Laura Wolff / Charlotte Knights)

Eloy Jimenez sits, Oscar Colas gets pulled from the Knights’ game last Saturday and didn’t play on Sunday, and White Sox nation connects the dots and anticipates an IL stint and a related call-up.

The White Sox are off till Tuesday, so we may have to wait a bit longer for an answer.  Regardless, it begs the questions:  Why Oscar?  Why not Haseley?  What about Billy Hamilton?  And what about the forgotten man in Charlotte, Victor Reyes?  And what happens to Clint Frazier?  Or perhaps Gavin Sheets?

It promises to be yet another fascinating week in White Sox roster management.

Hamilton has spent a week in Charlotte on rehab but let’s be realistic: once Billy’s hamstring is good to go, so is he.  It isn’t like he needs to get his swing back.

Haseley and Colas are the two easy choices as both are on the 40-man roster.  But Reyes may be the best option of the three as the former Tiger leads the Knights in hits, home runs and RBIs.  There’s probably a decent chance that Haseley would clear waivers if the Sox wanted to open a spot for Reyes.

Colas would be a fascinating decision given that the White Sox are just a handful of games out of first place and still playing meaningful games.  A call-up would suggest the White Sox think Colas has fixed his plate discipline issues enough to be an asset.  But the Sox continue to struggle for offense and can’t afford another unproductive bat in the line-up now any more than they could when Oscar opened the season on the roster.

Since his demotion, Colas is hitting .290, with 17 walks and 27 strikeouts in 124 at bats.

Cronin Shines As Knights Flounder

It was an awful week in Atlanta for the Knights, with inconsistent pitching and a suddenly anemic offense.

The exception was Declan Cronin, who made three appearances for a total of four innings, with one hit, no runs or walks, and two strikeouts.

On the year, the 25-year-old righty has steadily improved.  He was hit hard in April, but held opponents to a .171 average in May.  Control remained an issue in May, however, as he issued six walks over 9.1 innings. 

But he has made four appearances in June, totalling six innings, with only three hits, no walks or runs, and five strikeouts.

The Knights’ Chances For A .500 Season Take A Hit

The squad rolled into Atlanta just one game under .500 and faced a Gwinnett team that was nine games under.  But the roof fell in and the team lost five of six.  The Knights now head to Durham, where winning has always been a tall task.  

This could be an inflextion point in the season, and not in a good way.  But the Knights’ ever-changing starting rotation still offers a competitive path forward.

Nate Fisher and Jesse Scholtens have been keeping the Knights in games in most of their starts, and Garrett Davila, just up from Birmingham four starts ago, has been a pleasant surprise as well.

Sean Burke is also a fixture in the rotation, and he’s slowly improving.  But he’s yet to dominate an opponent for long stretches and still seems to find himself navigating around a lot of hits and walks.

John Parke is the final member of the rotation, having just returned from almost two months on the IL, and is still shaking off the rust.

Meanwhile, one former starter, Daniel Ponce de Leon, has been released, and another, Luke Farrell, has been moved to the pen.

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Augusto Barojas

Frazier, Haseley, Hamilton, Colas, Reyes, Marisnick, Lamb, Eaton, Sheets, Piscotty. I just can’t understand why this team has had problems in the outfield since 2020 with such a treasure trove to choose from. Baffling.

I’m all for Colas, he is the only player among those that are still around with any chance of a future. His power mysteriously disappeared, even at Charlotte, which is troubling. But he seems a better option than somebody with no future and very little chance of production that is more than marginally better than him.


I agree. Time to bring him up. He is the future RF, so let him get adjusted now to major league pitching. It isn’t like the rest of the team is any good.

As Cirensica

He has been atrocious in the minors. I will leave him there unless the FO gives up this year.

Alfornia Jones

So far, Colas is the typical rush development job the Sox typically do with anyone that shows any promise. He was lost in April and clearly not ready. He still swings too much, and the last thing rhe MLB roster needs is another free swinging automatic unproductive out. He is showing that he can take pitches, but now he’s not hitting home runs. We need hitters who take walks and hit home runs, SO’s don’t matter if he’s above average in the other two. Bring up Victor Reyes to see what he can do, he’s a better fit than Clint Frazier, who is not going to suddenly transform into 2008 Carlos Quentin.


Barry Bonds could bat third in this lineup and still walk <7% of the time. Failure to improve on the league’s worst BB% rate from last year might be the most disappointing result from this coaching staff.

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Augusto Barojas

Reyes will do the same as the other guys on the list. Other than Colas, they are all the same player, guys other teams didn’t want b/c they are washed or never had the talent in the first place.

The reason the Sox rushed Colas is b/c Hahn is too much of a doofus to get them any reasonable alternatives. Colas was the only guy coming into this year that had the tiniest hope of being a decent RF. He sucked, so now they’re back to musical chairs w/ Hahn’s dumpster dives.

To Err is Herrmann

It’s time for “fire Rick Hahn” chants at GRF.


Since it’s the White Sox, you can’t rule out Colas himself being injured, which could explain his absence and his power outage.

In terms of the most basic plate discipline numbers, BB% and K%, I thought his rates were as good or better than would be expected in the majors. They are almost identical to the rates he had last year in AA.

The bigger issue to me is his sub-Benitendi exit velo and worm-burning launch angle. His line wouldn’t be bad if he had the Birmingham ISO and BABIP. Where is the power that got him a .257 ISO while paying half his games at Regions Field?

Since Savant doesn’t summarize triple A numbers that I know of, I’m just guessing that he hasn’t addressed the exit velo our launch angle concerns while playing in Charlotte this year.

As Cirensica

I think this is the most realistic scenario.