Oscar Colás

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Oscar Luis Colás León

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 209 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Oscar Colás has played in Cuba and Japan.

He hit .368/.350/.421 with 6 RBI in the 2015 U-18 Baseball World Cup, second on the team in RBI behind Luis Robert. He also was 1-0 with no runs in 6 innings, fanning 10, and beating South Africa. [1] In 2015-2016, he made his Cuban Serie Nacional debut, hitting .278/.370/.494 in 23 games while splitting time between first base and right field.

Colás was sent by Cuba to the Softbank Hawks as one of the players Cuba let play in Japan; he was 1 for 4 in the minors in 2017. [2] He hit .212/.259/.432 in the Japanese minors in 2018. He also spent most of 2019 down on the farm, producing at a .302/.350/.516 clip with 46 RBI in 66 games. He was 3rd in the Western League in RBI. He was briefly called up to the big club in 2019. He took Ken Togame deep, the 9th player in NPB history to homer on their first pitch. [3] He was 4 for 17 with one walk the rest of the season with the Hawks.

Oscar was a late cut for Cuba in the 2019 Premier 12, replaced by Yurisbel Gracial. He defected from Cuba in early 2020. [4] The hype claimed he was the Cuban Shohei Ohtani; to compare the two, at age 21, Ohtani had won one Pacific League MVP and been third once and been the league's top starting pitcher and top slugger while Colás only had a cup of coffee in the PL and had not pitched in his three years in Japan or his season in Cuba's top league.

After not playing at all for the Hawks in 2020 due to a contract dispute he became a free agent in December with the intent of signing with a MLB team. He did just that, inking a $2.7 million contract with the Chicago White Sox in January of 2022. He was slated to start that season in the minor leagues. He was named to the American League team for the 2022 Futures Game.


Further Reading[edit]

  • Jesse Sanchez: "'Cuban Ohtani' pursuing path to MLB", mlb.com, January 3, 2020. [1]

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