Sox land top Cuban prospect; Cubs use family ties

Updated 1/15/2022 7:23 PM

Major League Baseball is shut down, but international signing day took place Saturday.

The White Sox landed Cuba outfielder Oscar Colas, who is rated the No. 5 international prospect by, and No. 28 Erick Hernandez, an outfielder from the Dominican Republic.


The Cubs signed Dominican Republic shortstop Alexis Hernandez, the No. 18-ranked prospect; Panama catcher-infielder Adam Sanchez, ranked No. 43; and Dominican shortstop Jefferson Rojas.

Hernandez's older brother Cristian is already playing in the Cubs system and is one of their higher-rated prospects. Hernandez, 17, and Rojas played for the same club team.

The left-handed Colas, 23, has been called the "Cuban Ohtani" because he has a mid-90s fastball to go with his hitting prowess, but he is expected to focus on the outfield with the White Sox. Listed at 6-1, 209 by, Colas has spent three seasons playing in Japan, in addition to the Cuban league.

Sanchez played in the Little League World Series in 2018. Cubs manager David Ross served as a broadcaster for the event and called Sanchez "an absolute stud." Sanchez, 17, towered over Little League opponents and is now listed at 6-foot, 190.

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According to Baseball America, the Cubs signed several other Dominican Republic prospects -- OF Josefrailin Alcantara, OF Josias Ramirez, SS Moises Febrillet, C Yidel Diaz, OF Albertina Belliard, RHP Freylin Silverio, SS Sandy Sanchez and SS Darlin de Leon.

Each team has a pool of money it can use to sign international prospects. The White Sox reportedly spent $2.7 million for Colas and $1 million for Hernandez.

The Yankees landed the top-ranked prospect, Dominican Republic SS Roderick Arias for a reported $4 million.

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