“Oscar Cola goes to be given each alternative to” develop into an on a regular basis proper fielder, White Sox supervisor Pedro Grifol stated in a latest interview on 670 The Score’s Inside The Clubhouse present (partial transcript right here). This doesn’t imply that Colas has a transparent path to a beginning job, nonetheless, as Grifol stated Gavin Sheets, Jake Marisnick, Leury Garciaand even Eloy Jimenez will even be competing for time in proper discipline. In Jimenez’s case, he’ll nonetheless be Chicago’s major DH, however Grifol stated Jimenez may seem in proper discipline.a day or two every week if potential and holding him athletic and holding him engaged on the defensive aspect, as a result of I do know that helps on the offensive aspect as properly.”
Given Jimenez’s harm historical past and his subpar glovework as a left fielder, it’s clear he’ll be taking a again seat on the outfield depth chart, because the Sox would like to see Colas emerge on the large league degree. A highly-touted signing out of Cuba, Colas did not play wherever in 2020-21 however hit .314/.371/.524 with 23 homers over 526 mixed plate appearances with three totally different White Sox associates. That consists of solely a seven-game stint at Triple-A, however the White Sox appear assured that Colas will likely be prepared for the majors probably as quickly as Opening Day.
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