White Sox agree to terms with international outfielders Oscar Colás  and Erick Hernández

January 25th, 2022

CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms with international outfielders Oscar Colás ($2.7-million) and Erick Hernández ($1-million).

Colás, 23, played in the Cuban Serie Nacional (Cuban National Series), Cuba's top-level league, from 2016-20, Japan Western League from 2017-2019 and Japan Pacific League in 2019. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Colas is rated by MLB Pipeline as the No. 5 international prospect.

Colás, who bats and throws left-handed, hit .282/.343/.483 (185-656) with 38 doubles, five triples, 28 home runs, 116 RBI and 102 runs scored in 187 career games over his foreign league career. He played with Santiago de Cuba (2016-17, ’19-20) and Holguín (2018-19) of the CSN and Softbank of the JPWL (2017-19) and JPPL (2019).

"We feel very good with what we were able to accomplish this year," said Marco Paddy, White Sox special assistant to the general manager – international operations. "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.”

Colás, a native of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, joins Micker Adolfo (No. 2 international prospect), Yoelqui Céspedes (No. 1) and Norge Vera (No. 15) as the fourth Top 15 international prospect to sign with the White Sox since 2013.

Hernández, 17, is a 6-foot, 175-pound outfielder from Moca, Dominican Republic. He bats and throws left-handed. Hernández is rated by MLB Pipeline as the No. 28 international prospect.

"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."

The White Sox expect additional international signings in the coming weeks.