Sure, Oscar Colás got another four hits tonight, pushing his Charlotte average to .407 with an 1.152 OPS, but here are some other things about him:
- He singled on the first pitch of the game, but then he was caught stealing second base
- His fourth at-bat was a strikeout on three pitches
- It took him only eight pitches to get his four hits, and while one was a double, the other three were mere singles
- On the double, a bloop that Colás assumed was going/landed foul, he did not hustle out of the box — never mind he’s fast enough to have probably turned it into a triple if it hadn’t bounded out of play for a ground-rule hit
- Maybe on one at-bat, he didn’t say “hi” or “hola” to the ump or catcher
- Bares full socks on his uniform, which delights traditionalists but might run afoul of baggy cuff-draggers like José Abreu
- Does an overhead celebration on base after every hit, which is fun but at the rate he’s hitting could result in needless arm fatigue
So, if you catch that I’m trying to stretch credulity with this list, you’d be right. For all that is wrong with the White Sox organization (the majors, yeesh, but even the minor league system, full of losses and regression, signifying malaise), Colás sure as hell ain’t part of it. Although, hmm, perhaps starting Colás — a professional vet of two leagues and two countries — in High-A and then keeping him there half of the season was a bad move. (In a coming SSS on the Farm podcast this week, Darren Black suggests the reason for the low assignment was to disabuse Colás of any notion he could make the major leagues, and perhaps not pressure himself to do so, in 2022.) But boy, he’s making a run.
Whoops, our internal system is due for maintenance in 40 minutes here in the middle of the night and I still have two stories to set up and edit for your a.m. reading pleasure. So this recap is solely about Colás.
All right, some bullet points:
- Both Tyler Neslony and Mike Wright Jr. came back from injured stints today, and if you glance up, neither played like Charlotte couldn’t live without them
- Nick Ciuffo has something left in the tank, with three hits and another CS of a runner tonight.
- Gilded prospects Jake Burger, Blake Rutherford (OK, former guilded) and Lenyn Sosa had awful games
- But none were worse than the recently-DFAd but no one bit on him off waivers Anderson Severino, who “singlehandedly” lost the game for Charlotte
- All right, push some blame to the offense as well, 2-for-13 with RISP and leaving 13 runners on base
- Plus: 12 hits, 11 singles
Hey, Oscar Colás had a helluva game tonight.
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Oscar Colas: 4-for-5, 2B, K, CS
Give Oscar Colás the MVP and maybe call him up to the White Sox on Thursday, eh?
Other Knights played in this game besides Oscar Colás, which means one of them were the Cold Cat.
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Anderson Severino: 1⁄3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, LOSS, BS
Jake Burger: 1-for-5, 3 K, 5 LOB
Blake Rutherford: 0-for-5, 5 LOB