Minor Leagues Beat Writer
Chicago Sports Online
Chicago Black Sox outfield prospect Hao Hang has been named the best player in the Class A Provost League.
“A richly deserved honor for Hao,” said Chicago Asst. GM Bill McGuffin. “He had an absolutely monster year for Grand Junction.”
Hang slashed .332/.381/.670 for the Gold Sox, with 37 home runs, 104 RBIs and 7.9 WAR.
He recently was named the Platinum Stick award winner for best hitting left fielder in the Provost League Hang also won three Player of the Week awards, one Player of the Month award, and was selected for the Provost All Star team.
Although the BBA Scouting Combine has suggested that Hang is ready for the major leagues now, the Black Sox have said they intend to give him more seasoning in the minors rather than rush his development.
The major question is whether he will go to AA Beloit or AAA Carolina next.
Hang said he isn’t worried about it.
“Wherever I go next, I’ll do the best I can and try to learn from my coaches and teammates,” he said. “I know there’s still a lot I need to master before I’m ready for the BBA”
Torres, a 20-year-old left-hander, slashed .308/.332/.547 with 27 homers, 118 RBIs and 4.7 WAR. He was selected to the Provost league’s All Star team.
“We’re looking forward to watching Riccardo’s development, too,” McGuffin said. “He’ll start next season in Beloit, and we know he’ll do well there for us. We think Hao and Riccardo will play a lot of baseball in Black Sox Park in the years ahead.”