Getting major league call-ups is the dream of every young MLB prospect, and Chicago White Sox Outfielder Oscar Colas knew he made the team out of spring training.
Trying to wrap his head around all the hard work that had gotten him to this point, he knew who he had to break the good news to Unlike his teammates.
The White Sox posted the moment Cola learned the good news, and was surprised when the camera was on him after he walked out of the office. With a big smile on his face, he said in Spanish, “I still can’t believe it.”
After hugging two teammates and telling them he was going with them to Houston for the season-opener against the Astros on Thursday, Louis Robert Jr. told him what to do.
“Call your mother,” said Robert.
Colas’ mother was quick to answer.
“Mom, I made the team,” Colas says as her face appears on the screen.
Hearing this news sent tears of joy down her face.
“Oh my God, I was praying for that! Oh, I’m going to cry. Thank God, that’s great. Congratulations son, congratulations,” she exclaimed in Spanish.
The 24-year-old earned his spot after hitting .262 with three homers, six RBI and 17 hits in 65 at-bats during spring training.
He is expected to be the starting right fielder for the team after its victory over Gavin Sheets in the spring training contest. Andrew Benintende joined Robert on the field after signing with Chicago as a free agent, and Eloy Jimenez is expected in the role of designated hitter.
The White Sox signed Colas to a $2.7 million deal in January 2022 after he spent three years splitting time between home and away Cuba National Series and Japan West League from 2017-2019.
Kulas sprinted his way through the minors last year, starting at High-A and finishing the year at Triple-A.
Among the three teams last season, Kolas smashed .314/.371/.524, including a 12-for-31 triple-A career high with two homers, two doubles and four RBI in seven games. That earned him an invitation to spring training, and he didn’t miss it.
Now that he’s on the team, Kolas’ mom knows it’s a long journey ahead, so she gives some advice.
“Keep working hard to stay there.”