The Cuban Ohtani?

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The Cuban Ohtani? There is LOTS of intrigue surrounding 21-year old Cuban prospect Oscar Colas. Colas who pitches left-handed, also plays outfield and first base. Sound familiar? The 21-year old very well may be the next two-way star to come to the states, and he is already drawing comparisions to Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani. Colas has a fastball that has been recorded topping out around 95 mph. While he did not pitch professionally last season, his bat did not skip a beat as he hit .302 with 11 home runs and a .866 OPS in the Japanese Nippon Professional League. After defecting back in January, Colas was aiming for international free agency with Major League Baseball. However since his announced defection, he has been in a battle of cleaning up a messy contract situation with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, who claim to control his rights. While there has been back and forth negotiating between Colas’ camp and the SoftBank Hawks regarding his contract status no agreement has yet come to fruition. With the 2020-2021 International Signing Period being pushed to January, there is plenty of time for Colas to get his situation resolved, whether he is granted his outright release as requested or if he is posted for Major League teams to bid on. If Colas is able to get clearance to begin his Major League Baseball career this offseason, expect the hype among Major League scouts and executives to skyrocket immediately. MLB Insider Jeff Passan has already called the 21-year old Cuban, “one of the best prospects to emerge from Cuba.” Expect an impressive showcase that will include all 30 MLB teams, and one of those lucky teams will come away adding a big piece to their organization’s future. Check out some clips of Colas raking as well as pitching below.

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