White Sox officially announce signings of Oscar Colás, Erick Hernández

At long last, the White Sox made their two biggest international signings official this morning, and at the reported amounts. Cuban outfielder Oscar Colás is in the fold at $2.7 million, while Dominican outfielder Erick Hernández signed for $1 million even.

Enough time has passed that we’ve already reviewed the scouting reports and rankings for both Colás and Hernández. Both are lefty/lefty outfielders, but Colás is a 22-year-old with experience in Cuba’s Serie Nacional, along with three years in NPB’s minor leagues before a brief stint with the Fukouka Softbank Hawks, whereas Hernández just turned 17 on Jan. 15.

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What’s new is the official input from Marco Paddy via the White Sox’s press release.

Regarding Colás:

“Having the ability to sign two high-level prospects with impact type tools like Colás and Hernández, I would categorize that as a solid year. Colás possesses an aggressive style of play that includes an impressive power bat and arm, as well as the ability to play above average defense at all three outfield positions.”

And about Hernández:

“Hernández is a high-energy, aggressive player with a natural feel for hitting,” said Paddy. “He has the potential to develop plus tools across the board which include a power bat and high-level defense in the outfield.”

I’d note that Paddy’s assessments of his signings tend to reflect strengths and ceilings, rather than current skills and most likely outcomes, which is why it’s hard to imagine Colás playing above-average defense in center field.

That said, I’d also note that Paddy’s description of Norge Vera last January, which featured fastball velocity higher than other international writers noted, ended up materializing, at least during three-inning stints in the Dominican Summer League. We’ll get to see if the glowing reports transfer stateside this spring, but that’s said with excitement, not apprehension.

And speaking of excitement, you can note the age gap with how he describes the players. Colas’ skills are regarded in the present tense, whereas Hernandez is discussed in terms of potential. That’s another welcome development when it comes to the White Sox’s international operations. The kind of potential a 17-year-old carries lasts a while, so if Hernández spends his whole first season in the DSL, he’ll have the usual tax advantages without worrying if they’re burning a year of his physical prime.

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mikeschach

hopefully a sign of good things to come

knoxfire30

I cant get over that EH is 17 not 12 lol, dude looks like he is in junior high

Joliet Orange Sox

My son turned 16 last labor day weekend and is a high school sophomore. I see a lot of boys close to him in age at school activities and they vary wildly in how old they look. It can be hard to remember that how old they look and how mature they are emotionally are almost completely uncorrelated.

jorgefabregas

Seems like Colas’s main level (not shaking off the rust level) should be AA, with the opportunity to make AAA and the majors later in the year. I base this on him getting a cup of coffee in the NPB (which I’ve heard compared to an AAAA level of play).

I guess if he’s somehow not rusty and maybe even has improved as a player in his long layoff, then he could be even more advanced than that.

Joliet Orange Sox

Buehrle got 5.8% and stays on the ballot for another year. Glad to see it!

calcetinesblancos

Agreed.

Augusto Barojas

Does it make me a terrible person to be glad that Clemens and Bonds are out? With Clemens I always remember reading about how he lashed out and tried to publicly humiliate an umpire at one of his sons little league games in a childish ego power trip. What a douchebag.

GrinnellSteve

Remember when he threw a broken bat at Piazza? And didn’t he throw his wife under the bus when the steroid allegations first came to light?

One of the great joys of my life was sitting at U.S. Cellular Field and watching Clemens get chased in the third inning of Game 1.

Augusto Barojas

Oh yeah, forgot about the broken bat/Piazza thing. That was one of the weirdest moments in MLB that I can ever recall. Rocket seemed a bit of a psycho.

Last edited 6 months ago by Augusto Barojas
Trooper Galactus

ALL THE CUBANS!