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Prospect Comas comes out as gay


Chicago White Sox prospect Anderson Comas took to Instagram on Sunday to come out publicly as gay.

The 23-year-old Dominican lefthander said of the post, “This may be the most personal thing I ever share and it's that I'm proudly and happily part of the LGTBQ+ community.

White Sox general assistant general manager Chris Getz said Comas, who played at low-A Kannapolis in 2021 as an outfielder but pitched 11 games in the Arizona Complex League last season, shared the news with the team last season.

“Anderson first shared his news with us last year,” Getz said, “and I was very pleased that he was comfortabl­e sharing with us in player developmen­t. I also was happy at the reaction across the organizati­on, which as you would expect was to support, help and congratula­te a teammate.”

Kwan eyes steady going in 2nd year

Steven Kwan is among several chess players on the Cleveland Guardians. He went over some moves with Bo Naylor on Sunday, and then watched Naylor take on Hunter Gaddis.

Kwan has been playing for a couple of years, both in person and on a chess app. Asked who is the best player on the team, Kwan said he heard Josh Bell is pretty good.

“But I would say, I think you have to assume that you're the best,” he continued.

That's the mentality that took Kwan from a fifth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft out of Oregon State to a surprising rookie season with Cleveland a year ago. The outfielder hit .298 with 52 RBIs, 19 steals and a .373 on-base percentage, helping the Guardians to the AL Central title.

This spring training is a much different feeling for the 25-year-old Kwan, who counted Ichiro Suzuki as one of his favorite players while growing up in Fremont.

“Not feeling like you're walking on pins and needles is definitely a much better place to be,” he said.

Kwan batted .328 and scored 96 runs in 156 games for Oregon State. After the 2020 minor league season was canceled because of COVID-19, he hit .328 with 12 homers and 44 RBIs over two minor league stops in 2021.

He can hit, and he doesn't see any reason why that would change anytime soon.

“I think just understand­ing where I come from, kind of my mindset last year, and continuing it forward,” he said.

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