Phil Selig of Cubadugout chatted with Mike and James at FutureSox about the White Sox history and future surrounding Cuban Players. You can listen to our discussion about how the White Sox have built a great pipeline over the past 15 years. They continue to reap rewards today. As the name suggests FutureSox focuses on the minor leagues and players that will be the future for the White Sox. Appropriately we discuss recent news around Yoelkis Céspedes, Yolbert Sanchez, Norge Vera and Oscar Colas.
The Chicago White Sox have been aggressive in signing top Cuban baseball prospects of late and last week news broke they would continue this trend. They are said to have signed 2020 Cuban Rookie of the Year Loidel Chapelli Jr for $500,000. We break down what to expect from the 2nd generation Outfielder from Camagüey Cuba.
The White Sox made Yoelqui Céspedes one of the higher paid signings in 2021. Yoelqui spent most of the season in the low minors. He enters 2022 at Double A and hopes to ascend quickly. The hope is he pushes for a Major League roll when rosters expand in September.
Norge Vera signed alongside Céspedes and represents a rarer commodity in recent Cuban signing classes as a high upside arm. Vera spent most of 2021 in the Dominican Summer League. He showed flashes but hopes to establish himself stateside in 2022.
Luis Robert represents the last of the Big Bonus signings when he received $26 million in 2017. When healthy he has been tantalizing at the Major League level and might have as much potential as anyone in all of baseball.