Oscar Colas

Age: 21 (September 17, 1998) | 6' 1" | 209lbs. | Bats: Left
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I think Tim called the "minor league slash" six weeks ago. I read that Fantasy Pros note and wondered why this guy wasn't on my radar. Then I wonder why he wasn't on the Fangraphs July 2 prospects radar. Turns out, he's young, could get better, but Ohtani as a 20 year old had a .626 OPS in the Pacific (big) Leagues. Colas might get there, but he was playing in the minors. 

Ohtani went on to have a 1.004 as a 21 year old in the Pacific League. We'll see how this works out. Cudos to Tim.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Feb 19

So the question is whether "one of the best hitters in Japan" is true, or is that .302/.350/.516 a minor league slash?

Gene McCaffrey GeneM
Feb 19


“Colas immediately jumped into my top-25 prospects when he defected to the United States this winter. He has to be signed as an amateur free agent because he is just 21 years old, which limits the upside on the money he’ll receive since MLB teams have a capped budget for that player pool. More than likely, he’ll wait until July 2 to sign because he’ll have more teams to decide between since most have already spent this year’s budget. As for the talent, his bat looks like a soon to be middle-of-the-order bopper to the highest degree. Think Yordan Alvarez as a reasonable upside projection. More than likely, though, we are looking at a Miguel Sano-type of player who may hit 35-40 homers with a .240-ish batting average down the line. When compared to other uber-prospects from Cuba, Colas is near the top of some great company. We have data from all of the following (Yoenis CespedesYasiel PuigLuis Robert, Yordan Alvarez, Yuli GurrielLourdes Gurriel Jr., and Jose Abreu) as 17-year-olds in Cuba. Among them, only Cespedes (.883) and Colas (.863) had an OPS above .800. As you well know, each of them has proceeded to do big things, so it seems odd to expect any less from Colas, who dominated most of them. Since then, he has proceeded to become one of the best hitters in Japan despite being just 20 years old. Last year, he batted .302/.350/.516, which blows away Shohei Ohtant’s age-20 season against the same competition (.202/.252/.376). It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him make a major second-half impact this season after signing.”

– Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Feb 19

Oscar Colas has certainly been a trendy topic today. The 21-year-old Cuban defected today and is drawing some rave reviews. Unfortunately, they aren't quite right. Yes, Colas has been playing in Japan since he was 17 years old but the stats being quoted are in most cases badly out of context. He only has 18 at-bats with the main team which plays in the Japanese Pacific League. He has been playing in the Western League, one of the two Minor Leagues in Japan. The team he plays for in the Minors uses the same name as the big League team, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. He also hasn't pitched since he was at least 17 as there are no recorded pitching stats for him. He's an intriguing prospect and will definitely generate interest from MLB, but labeling him the "Cuban Ohtani" as some media outlets have, could be a tad premature. Here's the link to his Japanese stats. https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=colas-000osc

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Jan 4