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White Sox update: spring training for minor league members begins

While the MLBPA and MLB continue to negotiate to resolve the current lockout situation, the low-league baseball league continues unabated. This includes a mini-camp of the lower league that began today in Glendale, Arizona.

While White Sox fans will obviously be looking at the Premier League roster this season, any “sustainable success” sought by Rick Khan and the White Sox begins with the recovery of talent in minors. This mini-camp is an opportunity for junior league players to gain time for professional development with top league staff. In addition, for the players on the list it is an opportunity to prove themselves and their value to the organization.

Here are some of the main pieces of information that appeared on day 1 of the minicamp.


Oscar Kolas is expected soon

After the White Sox officially signed Oscar Kolas in January, the natural question was whether he would be able to play in the state in his first season with the team. There were rumors that Kolas would play in the state in 2022, and today Chris Goetz officially announced that Kolas will be in the United States next week after training with the organization in the Dominican Republic.

Kolas is expected to begin his state tour in High-A, and will be interested to watch his progress during spring training and the regular season. He is not expected in the Premier League for at least two seasons, given the fact that he starts in the High-A. In four seasons of baseball overseas at the age of 17-20, Kolas scored .282 / .343 / .483 with 28 homers. However, he has not played professionally since 2019, which helps explain the fact that he is starting in High-A at 23 years old.


Goetz is impressed by Colsan Montgomery, Wes Kat

With so many players who have graduated from the White Sox system in the last few years, it should come as no surprise that Keith Lowe recently put the White Sox farm system dead throughout baseball. Thus, players such as Colson Montgomery, Wes Kat, Jokis Cespedes, Nord Vera and Oscar Kolas, among others, will lead the White Sox to the next stage. The good news is that many of these names have already impressed Chris Goetz – especially Colson Montgomery.

As Vera, Montgomery and Kat get their first full seasons in the lower leagues in 2022, expect all eyes to be on both of these players when they begin their journey, probably to Low-A Kannapolis. At the Rookie Ball in 2021, Montgomery scored .287 / .396 / .362 without Homer and seven doubles, and Kat – .212 / .287 / .337 with three Homer and 15 RBI in 28 games.

As for Cespedes, the White Sox mentioned his discipline as something to be controlled. Last season, Cespedes posted to AA 27% of strikeouts and 3% of walks, so that should definitely be a concern for the 24-year-old. Looking for him will hopefully show some growth during the 2022 season, when the White Sox are assessing the future of their situation on the field, apart from Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert.


Norge Vera and Jared Kelly predict a 70-85 IP in 2022

The White Sox haven’t had many homegrown starting pitchers developing in their system lately. Dylan Sees, Lucas Giaolita and Dane Dunning have been members of other organizations, while players such as Matthew Thompson and Andrew Dalquist have not yet taken the next step in their development. Naturally, now all eyes are on Jared Kelly and Norge Vera, the two youngest of the harvest starting pitchers on whom the White Sox are pinning some of their future hopes.

According to Goetz, the White Sox will be concerned with monitoring the workload for these two teens, but will allow them to continue to take the next step in their development. Faith has not played in the state, while Jared Kelly posted a 19.6% walk in just 21 innings in the minor leagues in 2022, battling injuries. Although both of these players, as well as Thompson and Dalquist, are very young and have plenty of time to develop, the White Sox will no doubt be looking for significant progress in their 2022 seasons.

In the organization’s first full seasons, Thompson posted a 5.99 ERA at 73.2 IP in Low-A Kannapolis, while Dalquist had an ERA of 4.99 for 83 IP. However, both struggled with command throughout the season.


While low-league baseball won’t be as appealing to White Sox fans as it was during the renovation, the organization has many interesting names to follow throughout 2022. While Montgomery, Kat, Cespedes, Vera, Thompson, Dalquist and Kelly may be the focal point, the most interesting thing about watching the development of junior leagues is finding those diamonds that come out of nowhere.

Until the lockout is over, look for mini-camp lighting to continue – hoping for a bright future for South Siders.


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White Sox update: spring training for minor league members begins

While the MLBPA and MLB continue to negotiate to resolve the current lockout situation, the low-league baseball league continues unabated. This includes a mini-camp of the lower league that began today in Glendale, Arizona.

While White Sox fans will obviously be looking at the Premier League roster this season, any “sustainable success” sought by Rick Khan and the White Sox begins with the recovery of talent in minors. This mini-camp is an opportunity for junior league players to gain time for professional development with top league staff. In addition, for the players on the list it is an opportunity to prove themselves and their value to the organization.

Here are some of the main pieces of information that appeared on day 1 of the minicamp.


Oscar Kolas is expected soon

After the White Sox officially signed Oscar Kolas in January, the natural question was whether he would be able to play in the state in his first season with the team. There were rumors that Kolas would play in the state in 2022, and today Chris Goetz officially announced that Kolas will be in the United States next week after training with the organization in the Dominican Republic.

Kolas is expected to begin his state tour in High-A, and will be interested to watch his progress during spring training and the regular season. He is not expected in the Premier League for at least two seasons, given the fact that he starts in the High-A. In four seasons of baseball overseas at the age of 17-20, Kolas scored .282 / .343 / .483 with 28 homers. However, he has not played professionally since 2019, which helps explain the fact that he is starting in High-A at 23 years old.


Goetz is impressed by Colsan Montgomery, Wes Kat

With so many players who have graduated from the White Sox system in the last few years, it should come as no surprise that Keith Lowe recently put the White Sox farm system dead throughout baseball. Thus, players such as Colson Montgomery, Wes Kat, Jokis Cespedes, Nord Vera and Oscar Kolas, among others, will lead the White Sox to the next stage. The good news is that many of these names have already impressed Chris Goetz – especially Colson Montgomery.

As Vera, Montgomery and Kat get their first full seasons in the lower leagues in 2022, expect all eyes to be on both of these players when they begin their journey, probably to Low-A Kannapolis. At the Rookie Ball in 2021, Montgomery scored .287 / .396 / .362 without Homer and seven doubles, and Kat – .212 / .287 / .337 with three Homer and 15 RBI in 28 games.

As for Cespedes, the White Sox mentioned his discipline as something to be controlled. Last season, Cespedes posted to AA 27% of strikeouts and 3% of walks, so that should definitely be a concern for the 24-year-old. Looking for him will hopefully show some growth during the 2022 season, when the White Sox are assessing the future of their situation on the field, apart from Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert.


Norge Vera and Jared Kelly predict a 70-85 IP in 2022

The White Sox haven’t had many homegrown starting pitchers developing in their system lately. Dylan Sees, Lucas Giaolita and Dane Dunning have been members of other organizations, while players such as Matthew Thompson and Andrew Dalquist have not yet taken the next step in their development. Naturally, now all eyes are on Jared Kelly and Norge Vera, the two youngest of the harvest starting pitchers on whom the White Sox are pinning some of their future hopes.

According to Goetz, the White Sox will be concerned with monitoring the workload for these two teens, but will allow them to continue to take the next step in their development. Faith has not played in the state, while Jared Kelly posted a 19.6% walk in just 21 innings in the minor leagues in 2022, battling injuries. Although both of these players, as well as Thompson and Dalquist, are very young and have plenty of time to develop, the White Sox will no doubt be looking for significant progress in their 2022 seasons.

In the organization’s first full seasons, Thompson posted a 5.99 ERA at 73.2 IP in Low-A Kannapolis, while Dalquist had an ERA of 4.99 for 83 IP. However, both struggled with command throughout the season.


While low-league baseball won’t be as appealing to White Sox fans as it was during the renovation, the organization has many interesting names to follow throughout 2022. While Montgomery, Kat, Cespedes, Vera, Thompson, Dalquist and Kelly may be the focal point, the most interesting thing about watching the development of junior leagues is finding those diamonds that come out of nowhere.

Until the lockout is over, look for mini-camp lighting to continue – hoping for a bright future for South Siders.


Follow us @ SoxOn35th for more updates!

Recommended photo: White Sox / Twitter



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