The White Sox had a great week adding international talent. They agreed to a deal worth $2.7 million with outfielder Oscar Colás who is widely regarded as the best international prospect out of Cuba in years. Colas is ranked number five on MLB Pipelines Top 50 international prospects. The White Sox also landed Erick Hernandez who came in at number 28 on that list for $1 million.
Now it looks like another player has the White Sox on their radar. According to Héctor Gómez, Juan Uribe would like his son Juan Uribe Jr. to play for the White Sox.
Gómez talked to Uribe and wrote on Twitter:
Juan Uribe: “Several teams have shown interest in my son, but I would like him to sign with the White Sox because he was born and raised in Chicago and I played for them for five seasons. I love the White Sox fans.”
Juan Uribe: "Several teams have shown interest in my son, but I would like him to sign with the White Sox because he was born and raised in Chicago and I played for them for five seasons. I love White Sox fans." pic.twitter.com/Luv8aF4kE2
— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) January 19, 2022
Juan Uribe will forever be a legend on the Southside of Chicago. As a member of the 2005 World Series team, he helped secure the two final outs of the Fall Classic. The most famous is when he tumbled into the stands to track down a foul ball and get the White Sox within one out of their first title in 88 years.
Another memorable moment came in 2008 when he hit fourth of four consecutive home runs against the Kansas City Royals on August 14th.
Uribe played 16 years in the show, including five with the White Sox beginning in 2004. He was a career .255 hitter with his best season coming in 2009 while he was a member of the San Fransico Giants. He batted .289 with a .834 OPS and a career-high 24 home runs.
Uribe Jr. plays shortstop like his dad. While he is not ranked in MLB.com’s top 50 players in this year’s class he is an intriguing prospect for several reasons.
He has a good build with some raw power. Uribe Jr also looks like he has good technique at short with a pretty slick glove.
Juan Uribe Jr., SS, Class 2022.
— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) January 12, 2022
Name recognition and a good gene pool don’t hurt either. According to his father, several other MLB teams have already expressed interest. Fathers have a tendency to exaggerate on all matters regarding their son’s playing baseball. However, it couldn’t hurt to take a flier on Uribe Jr. Another Uribe wearing no. 5 in a White Sox uniform would look pretty good.