The White Sox have officially brought Oscar Colás back to the major league roster.
The club announced this afternoon that Clint Frazier was optioned to Triple-A in order to make room for Colás.
Yesterday, reporter Francys Romero, reported that the club would be promoting Colás prior to Tuesday’s series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Colás, 24, began the season with the White Sox but struggled, hitting .211/.265/.276 with a 50 wRC+ across 25 games and 84 plate appearances. Still the #79 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline, Colás hit .293/.359/.508 with a 112 wRC+ for AAA Charlotte across 48 games and 212 plate appearances.
However, it is most notable that of Colás’ nine home runs hit at AAA, seven came within a six-game stretch between June 24th and July 1st. The recent power surge (and accompanying 10-game hitting streak) — coupled with underperformance from the right field position for the White Sox — make Colás an ideal candidate for a promotion.
In addition to his power potential, Colás has also played solid defense in the minor leagues, and he has the ability to cover center field when needed.
While the White Sox do not always start or play prospects when they are promoted to MLB, the team has stated that Colás would not be promoted until he is ready to handle a regular role, so chances are that Colás will get plenty of opportunities in right field in the near future.
Frazier, who was the corresponding move for Colás’ promotion, hit .197/.303/.242 in 76 plate appearances with the club this year. Frazier still had one option year remaining, so it makes sense that the club chose to send him back to Charlotte to work through his recent struggles. The 28-year-old did post an impressive 13% walk rate with the big club, though struggled on defense.
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