Chicago White Sox 2020-21 International Signing Preview
This is part of Ben Badler's 2020-21 international signing day preview. You can also find his international big board of 2020 prospects here.
You can always count on the White Sox to be involved when Cuban players pop up. They have had huge successes, including Jose Abreu and Luis Robert, and their top bonus last year went to Cuban shortstop Yolbert Sanchez, who signed for $2.5 million.
For the 2020-21 international signing period that opens on Jan. 15, 2021, unlike most other clubs, the White Sox aren't tied to players that would take up most of their bonus pool space. Right now their top signing looks to be 20-year-old Cuban righthander Norge Vera, whose $1.5 million bonus will probably be the top amount for a pitcher in the 2020-21 class. He's 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, with a fastball that has been up to 94 mph and projection to throw harder, along with a slider that's ahead of his changeup.
So with more flexibility in their pool relative to other clubs, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the White Sox target another Cuban player available, such as outfielder Yoelquis Cespedes, or possible outfielder Oscar Colas if he were to become available.
The White Sox under special assistant Marco Paddy also have typically gone after power bats, something that should continue in 2020-21. They're expected to sign Victor Quezada, a physical infielder with big raw power from the right side. Quezada has worked out at shortstop but should quickly slide over to third base, with a bonus likely around the $500,000 mark. He trains with Ray Castillo, who also had Sanchez before he signed.
Notable Venezuelan players the White Sox are expected to sign include catcher Manuel Guariman, outfielder Dario Barrero and Adrian Gil, a 5-foot-10 righthander who has touched the low-90s.