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jay
04-17-2013, 11:12 AM
Please refer to this thread for information on one of the best stories in the Twins farm system and my fellow Italiano, Chris Colabello.

Position: 1B (primary), LF/RF (secondary)
Bat: R
Throw: R
Height: 6-4
Weight: 220
Signed: Minor League Free Agent - February 2, 2012
Previous: Independent League (Worcester (http://www.canamleague.com/teams/worcester.php), Canadian-American League (http://canamleague.com/))
College: Assumption College
(http://www.assumption.edu/)High School: Milford HS (Milford, MA)
Born: October 24, 1983 - Framingham, MA (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Framingham,+MA&hl=en&sll=37.6,-95.665&sspn=43.724912,73.037109&oq=framingham,+ma&t=h&hnear=Framingham,+Middlesex,+Massachusetts&z=12) (30 min W of Boston)

Baseball-Reference Player Page - here.
(http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=colabe001chr)MiLB Player Page - here. (http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=499624)

jay
04-17-2013, 01:00 PM
Stats back to 2005. I'll make updates to 2013 occassionally.



Year

Age

Team

League

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

TB



2005

21

Worcester

CAMA

Ind

51

172

24

55

7

0

8

31

3

29

31

.320

.429

.500

.929

86



2006

22

Worcester

CAMA

Ind

90

344

52

105

26

2

7

58

4

30

64

.305

.364

.453

.817

156



2007

23

Nashua, Worcester

CAMA

Ind

91

331

64

100

29

1

13

62

6

45

46

.302

.396

.514

.910

170



2008

24

Worcester

CAMA

Ind

93

357

71

120

34

1

16

76

3

37

44

.336

.402

.571

.974

204



2009

25

Worcester

CAMA

Ind

84

321

48

97

22

0

9

55

3

34

46

.302

.373

.455

.828

146



2010

26

Worcester

CAMA

Ind

82

316

53

95

16

1

13

59

3

29

53

.301

.366

.481

.847

154



2011

27

Worcester

CAMA

Ind

92

365

75

127

32

0

20

79

1

39

39

.348

.410

.600

1.010

219



2012

28

New Britain

EL

AA

134

496

78

141

37

1

19

98

0

47

94

.284

.358

.478

.836

237



2013

29

Rochester

IL

AAA

67

255

43

94

21

0

18

61

1

31

61

.369

.437

.663

1.100

169



Totals





784

2957

508

934

224

6

123

579

24

321

478

.316

.389

.520

.909

1539



Ind





583

2206

387

699

166

5

86

420

23

423

323

.317

.390

.514

.903

1133



AA




AA

134

496

78

141

37

1

19

98

0

47

94

.284

.358

.478

.836

237



AAA




AAA

67

255
43

94

21

0

18

61

1

31

61

.369

.437

.663

1.016

95

jay
04-17-2013, 01:11 PM
A recent Q&A by TDer Christopher Fee with Mr. Colabello about Rochester, Indy ball, the WBC, and his goals. Colabello mentions maintaining an even approach and consistent mindframe several times. Twins Daily - Q&A with Chris Colabello (http://twinsdaily.com/1575-q-chris-colabello.html)

jay
04-17-2013, 02:39 PM
Other blogs and articles about Mr. Colabello:
'Happiest Man in Baseball' (http://network.yardbarker.com/mlb/article_external/twins_chris_colabello_the_happiest_man_in_baseball/12970618)- Jon Morosi (Foxsports, 2013)
'Paid His Dues' (http://www.foxsportsnorth.com/mlb/minnesota-twins/story/Twins-Colabello-has-certainly-paid-his-d?blockID=875259) - David Dorsey (FSN, 2013)
'Fairy Tale' (http://twinsdaily.com/blogs/cody-christie/2632-chris-colabello-continues-his-fairy-tale.html) - Cody Christy (ND Twins Fan, 2013)
Perseverance (http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/sports/ci_22880599/perseverance-finally-paying-off-colabello) - Paul Daley (Sentinel and Entreprise, local MA paper, 2013)
'IL to MLB' (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130227&content_id=42047004&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb) - Rhett Bollinger (mlb.com, 2013)
'Good Story, Good Player' (http://www.twincities.com/twins/ci_21292700/tom-powers-twins-chris-colabello-is-good-story)- Tom Powers (Pioneer Press, 2012)
'2011 IL Player of the Year' (http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/minors/independent-audit/2011/2612536.html) - JJ Cooper (Baseball America, 2011)

Seth Stohs
04-18-2013, 01:33 AM
Here is a 12 Questions interview that I did with Colabello around New Years, shortly after he came back from his impressive run in the Mexican Winter League.

Twins Daily - 12 Questions With... Chris Colabello (http://twinsdaily.com/1275-12-questions-chris-colabello.html)

AM.
04-19-2013, 04:47 AM
Garrett Jones?

jay
04-19-2013, 10:37 AM
Garrett Jones?

Umm, no, Chris Colabello. If you're trying to draw comparisons, I can see some.

jay
04-19-2013, 10:42 AM
Chris was named the International League Player of the Week (April 4-14):
Colabello named Batavia Downs POTW | Rochester Red Wings News (http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130415&content_id=44855320&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t534&sid=t534)

Last night, April 18th, Chris rocked a two-run homer in the first inning and had an RBI later in the game to lead the Red Wings to a 5-4 win that broke their 7 game losing streak. Colabello's 5 home runs this season are tied for 3rd across all of AAA.

jay
04-29-2013, 02:03 PM
Since the last update, the Red Wings have played 10 games and Chris is 9 for 38 with a home run and 9 RBIs. His 6 HRs on the season are 2nd within the Twins system behind only some prospect named Miguel Sano and puts him in a tie for 2nd within the Int'l League.

The .907 OPS that Chris is sporting leads the team (qualified batters w/ min 2.7 PA/g, ~65 PAs) by a significant margin.

jay
05-07-2013, 11:17 AM
Chris is rolling on an 8-game hitting streak right now. During that time, he is 14-for-32 (.438) with 4 multi-hit games.

His season triple-slash is sitting at .339/.397/.591 for an OPS of .988. He is top-10 of the Int'l League in runs, hits, HRs, RBIs, AVG, SLG, and OPS. Impressive!

Shane Wahl
05-07-2013, 02:09 PM
I wish the Twins would move to a 11-man pitching staff after a few weeks so they could bring Colabello up.

nicksaviking
05-07-2013, 02:29 PM
I wish the Twins would move to a 11-man pitching staff after a few weeks so they could bring Colabello up.

You are not suggesting that you are less than satisfied with the current pinch hitting options?

ashburyjohn
05-07-2013, 03:03 PM
I wish the Twins would move to a 11-man pitching staff after a few weeks so they could bring Colabello up.

You saw how they kept Doumit in the game Monday night; they'd likely bring up whichever AAA catcher is healthy.

jay
05-10-2013, 02:30 PM
I wish the Twins would move to a 11-man pitching staff after a few weeks so they could bring Colabello up.

I hope they DFA T. Wood shortly and at least get Colabello on the 40-man so they can bring him up in spurts when they can do without an extra arm for a bit. Walters, Deduno, and Thomas are the only other options I see right now.

jorgenswest
05-12-2013, 09:20 PM
Colabello played in the outfield today. Is Rochester short or are they trying to see if he can play corner of adequately. I am aware that Thomas is injured.

jay
05-16-2013, 08:42 AM
Colabello played in the outfield today. Is Rochester short or are they trying to see if he can play corner of adequately. I am aware that Thomas is injured.

His BRef page shows he's only dabbled a little in the OF. A total of 11 games over his career (including the Indy Leagues). It certainly wouldn't hurt his chances of making it up to MLB, but it doesn't look like a concerted effort at this point.

jay
05-16-2013, 08:50 AM
Chris had a monster game last night! 3 for 4, with 2 HRs, a double, and 5 RBIs.

He hasn't had any problems adapting to AAA just yet and continues to mash. On the season, he's in the top 5 of the Int'l League in AVG, SLG, OPS, H, 2B, HR, and RBI. His 10 HRs have him tied for 2nd with some guy named Danny Valencia.

.340 / .395 / .621 (1.016) !!

Siehbiscuit
05-16-2013, 09:39 AM
If Willingham is sent packing, PLEASE bring this guy up and put him in the lineup (at 1B, preferably)!!!

jokin
05-16-2013, 10:36 AM
Chris had a monster game last night! 3 for 4, with 2 HRs, a double, and 5 RBIs.

He hasn't had any problems adapting to AAA just yet and continues to mash. On the season, he's in the top 5 of the Int'l League in AVG, SLG, OPS, H, 2B, HR, and RBI. His 10 HRs have him tied for 2nd with some guy named Danny Valencia.

.340 / .395 / .621 (1.016) !!

Fun with IL numbers:

Chris Colabello 4th in IL in OPS (.1016) and SLG (.621)
Jason Pridie 5th in IL in OPS (.971 ) and SLG (.609)
Danny Valencia 6th in IL in OPS (.944) and SLG (.599)

Both Pridie and Valencia play for the IL top team, Norfolk, in the Orioles organization (Where Else?), the ultimate home for discarded ex-Twins.

(Note: This is not a "Twins screwed up!" post, more of a "Let's put Colabello's numbers in Perspective!" one.)

jay
05-16-2013, 11:08 AM
(Note: This is not a "Twins screwed up!" post, more of a "Let's put Colabello's numbers in Perspective!" one.)

Future MLB All-Star or not, at least he's definitively better than both of them!

Shane Wahl
05-16-2013, 11:13 AM
Those numbers can't be avoided much longer. I actually like Wilkin Ramirez, but something's got to give here.

jay
05-16-2013, 11:23 AM
but something's got to give here.

Might it be the young OF/1B who has only started 3 of the last 8 games?

Shane Wahl
05-16-2013, 12:36 PM
Might it be the young OF/1B who has only started 3 of the last 8 games?

Well that would be a terrible idea right now. The Twins did their best to ruin Parmelee last year, and it is a bit precarious again this year for him.

jay
05-16-2013, 01:01 PM
Well that would be a terrible idea right now. The Twins did their best to ruin Parmelee last year, and it is a bit precarious again this year for him.

I completely agree on all points, but his recent playing time would seem to indicate we're inching towards it. Something at the MLB level has to give. If Hicks, Arcia, and Willingham are going to play, I'd rather see Parm in AAA with Colabello as a bench option. Maybe Parm comes back for good if/when a mid-season trade takes place.

Ramirez has been okay, but I wouldn't mind seeing Colabello replace him outright now.

jokin
05-16-2013, 04:21 PM
Future MLB All-Star or not, at least he's definitively better than both of them!

Don't get me wrong, Colabello making the ML roster would be a spectacular story. Who, but anyone with a heart of stone wouldn't be pulling for a guy with his story, who hung in there for years in ignominy, gets to play for his ancestral home on the world stage, and is poised to finally get a MLB call-up just short of his 30th birthday. I just wanted to point out, if you look at the batting leaders in the top 10 of the IL, they are virtually all AAAA suspects, not prospects. Remember,Clete Thomas was #1 in the League at one point a couple weeks ago.

Again, in a season that the Twins punted away anyway, I'd love to see what Colabello can do. I just want to be realistic about the long odds of him having it work out.

stringer bell
05-17-2013, 08:20 AM
More likely that he is Bernardo Brito or Mark Funderburk than Garrett Jones. However, I believe he would be a decent fit as occasional RH DH and bench bat. It looks like he is pretty close to brutal in the field.

I really would like to see Parmelee thrive and I think it is in him, but when the best part of your game as a 1B/RF is your defense, and you are Parmelee's size, you have to worry about your major league future.

spycake
05-17-2013, 10:16 AM
I was thinking Randy Ruiz -- who actually did have a nice little run one season for the Blue Jays.

stringer bell
05-17-2013, 10:44 AM
I was thinking Randy Ruiz -- who actually did have a nice little run one season for the Blue Jays.I was going to mention that guy, but just couldn't remember his name and I don't have any reference materials at work. Ruiz, Funderburk and Brito were all guys that hit RH, really couldn't play a position and lit up minor league pitching as older players (IIRC).

jay
05-17-2013, 11:11 AM
I'd love to see what Colabello can do. I just want to be realistic about the long odds of him having it work out.

I think we're all on the same page with you here. The odds of him becoming even an average regular are nothing short of long, but we can hope... [add extra dramaticism] and if we have hope, we have a chance.

As pointed out in today's minor league report...

The other thing worth mentioning is that Colabello's jack was off Chris Archer, the Ray's #4 prospect, and #43 in all of baseball (according to MLB.com). That means Colabello has hit his 3 homers in the past two days off of the #3 and #4 (and #42 and #43) prospects for the Rays. Pretty impressive.

greengoblinrulz
05-19-2013, 04:25 PM
After Sunday's game
3rd in BAve .361
5th in OBP .419
2nd in SLgg .657
2nd in OPD 1.076
1st in doubles 17
Tied first in HR 11
3rd in RBI 34
1st in TB 111

Team is not a contender & is on pace to lose 89gms. They can use some offensive help for sure...15th runs 24th in slgg
If he was 5yrs younger, he'd be here so this proves how MN moves people around due to age, not performance.
Not sure who he replaces tho....have to go w/Parm. Ramirez isnt a major leaguer either but ya need a backup CF.
Find a way Twins.

jokin
05-19-2013, 05:31 PM
After Sunday's game
3rd in BAve .361
5th in OBP .419
2nd in SLgg .657
2nd in OPD 1.076
1st in doubles 17
Tied first in HR 11
3rd in RBI 34
1st in TB 111

Team is not a contender & is on pace to lose 89gms. They can use some offensive help for sure...15th runs 24th in slgg
If he was 5yrs younger, he'd be here so this proves how MN moves people around due to age, not performance.
Not sure who he replaces tho....have to go w/Parm. Ramirez isnt a major leaguer either but ya need a backup CF.
Find a way Twins.

I'm coming over to your side, guys. Day after day, the guy has no plate protection to speak of behind him, and he continues to mash, day after day. His split versus AAA "older pitchers" isn't as good as his overall numbers, but he's still hitting a very decent .874 OPS against them.

I'm seeing a role for him like Thome had, a DH from the right side. You're right greengoblin, the Twins should find a way, get the CF situation resolved, make a trade.....and then get it done

Brodin4Calder
05-19-2013, 09:45 PM
Honestly I have been skeptical about him all season but he keeps getting hits, runs, hrs, XBH...... You cant ignore how well hes doing, I say they give him a shot. It couldnt hurt, I mean the Twins arent a playoff team anyway.

greengoblinrulz
05-19-2013, 10:46 PM
With 4gms in ATL, it wouldnt hurt to have another bat.
Send Pedro down & call up Colabello to PH & address the 5th starter on SAT w/Gibson is back.
BALT just called up 28yr old Danny Valencia cause he was also tearing up AAA but w/Machado @3B, CDavis @1B....they know he earned it & made it happen. Just like BALT called up a 20yr old AA kid without great numbers rather than having him face pitchers for a 3rd/4th time.

jokin
05-19-2013, 10:55 PM
With 4gms in ATL, it wouldnt hurt to have another bat.
Send Pedro down & call up Colabello to PH & address the 5th starter on SAT w/Gibson is back.
BALT just called up 28yr old Danny Valencia cause he was also tearing up AAA but w/Machado @3B, CDavis @1B....they know he earned it & made it happen. Just like BALT called up a 20yr old AA kid without great numbers rather than having him face pitchers for a 3rd/4th time.

Excellent points gg. I've been railing on the Machado thing for some time. The Birds just look at things differently than the Twins- even with ex-Twins! Just look at the examples of how many Twins castoffs are in the organization, contributing (Casilla, Burnett), starting (Hardy), resurrecting (Ford), others patiently waiting for another chance (Valencia and Pridie were/are both tearing up the IL).

B Richard
05-20-2013, 01:21 AM
If he was 5yrs younger, he'd be here so this proves how MN moves people around due to age, not performance.


Not quite. The reason younger guys are getting looks is because of their upside, especially in terms of how they can help the club in the long run. I don't think anyone in the FO sees Colabello as a solid, future fixture for this team.

You're right- if he were 24, with his athletic prime ahead of him, there's a good chance he plays ball at the big league level. It's about upside though- not age. The Twins are trying to evaluate prospects with potentially higher upside who can make a longer impact than Colabello can.

Don't get me wrong, I love the guy and his story. I hope to see him up soon. With Parmelee's prolonged lack of production, maybe the FO has gotten a better read on him and can move Colabello up for the time being. I have a feeling we see him soon.

Shane Wahl
05-20-2013, 11:24 PM
On stuff and an address to B Richard (you have a cool as hell avatar so I am not going to be mean):

Colabello is in his prime RIGHT NOW. There's maybe a two-three year window of this production, yes. But that means that he isn't someone they have to treat as a "play everyday guy" at all. He is, quite clearly, the best bench bat this team has at its disposal right now and I don't hate on Wilkin Ramirez at all. I wish that pitchers were men still and that the Twins could simply have eleven of them.

I will say one thing that Colabello may provide--coverage for a Morneau trade. They wouldn't be replacing Morneau with garbage, and Parmelee and Colabello could platoon. There's no rushing Sano next damn month to the bigs to play first--they could let him keep trying at 3B for another year. I will honestly say that I really don't know if there would be much difference in the performances for the Twins in 2013 between Colabello and Sano. In 2014, the gap is big. By 2015, its enormous. But the short-term has value.

On the other hand, maybe the Twins keeps Morneau and try to get something decent (not great, but not minimal) for Parmelee. The same story still applies for Colabello.

Finally, I like having pinch hitters who I can have at least a 10% of seeing smack a bomb. Wilkin doesn't do that. Colabello could.

greengoblinrulz
05-20-2013, 11:50 PM
Hear Gardy talkin about Colabello tonight & saying how much he deserves a promotion, but they dont know he'd play since they have Doumit to DH. REALLY!!!! Doumit is a solid backup C, but not a great enough hitter to warrant 500 DH ABs. The everyday ABs bein given to Parmellee/Doumit right now are maddening, esp when its at expense of Arcia.

Shane Wahl
05-20-2013, 11:58 PM
Hear Gardy talkin about Colabello tonight & saying how much he deserves a promotion, but they dont know he'd play since they have Doumit to DH. REALLY!!!! Doumit is a solid backup C, but not a great enough hitter to warrant 500 DH ABs. The everyday ABs bein given to Parmellee/Doumit right now are maddening, esp when its at expense of Arcia.

An absurdity. It's very clear what to do: Send Hicks and Arcia down. Promote Colabello and Richardson (figure out the 40-man issue easily). Give Hicks and Arcia the near max plate appearances in AAA as possible. In the meantime weight the value of Colabello, Ramirez, and maybe even Dozier or Florimon, and then make a decision. Bring Hicks and Arcia up and just fix the roster as one sees fit.

Seth Stohs
05-21-2013, 12:18 AM
Wilkin Ramirez was pretty impressive, with 15 homers last year in just 370 at bats in Rochester.. just tells you how impressive Colabello has been that he's got 12 homers in about 170 at bats.

Seth Stohs
05-21-2013, 12:22 AM
Hear Gardy talkin about Colabello tonight & saying how much he deserves a promotion, but they dont know he'd play since they have Doumit to DH. REALLY!!!! Doumit is a solid backup C, but not a great enough hitter to warrant 500 DH ABs. The everyday ABs bein given to Parmellee/Doumit right now are maddening, esp when its at expense of Arcia.

Doumit is a career .772 OPS. It was .781 last year and .830 the year before. I want to see Colabello get an opportunity as much as anyone, but there's no guarantee he would come anywhere near those numbers in the big leagues. If Colabello comes up, it would be as a part timer. Occasional 1B. Once in a while DH. Sometimes a pinch hitter. There could be some platooning involved, of course, though i think Doumit's stronger side is batting right-handed.

jay
05-21-2013, 10:07 AM
Chris was just named the International League Player of the Week for the second time already this season. He had a pretty amazing week (.536/.594/1.071, 7 G, 15-for-28, 6 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 7 R, 2 BB, 7 K) and then hit a grand slam to lead off the next week last night. Offensive Players of the Week | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball (http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130520&content_id=47898192&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_opotw&sid=milb)

He played RF on both Sunday and Monday instead of his usual 1B/DH. Presumably, the major league club is trying to assess whether he can fill some innings out there as a platoon, PH option, or emergency.

Watch closely for roster moves this Friday as the Twins shuffle players around to get a 5th starter onto the active roster. Chris has certainly earned a chance.

B Richard
05-21-2013, 06:49 PM
On stuff and an address to B Richard (you have a cool as hell avatar so I am not going to be mean):

Colabello is in his prime RIGHT NOW. There's maybe a two-three year window of this production, yes. But that means that he isn't someone they have to treat as a "play everyday guy" at all. He is, quite clearly, the best bench bat this team has at its disposal right now and I don't hate on Wilkin Ramirez at all. I wish that pitchers were men still and that the Twins could simply have eleven of them.

I will say one thing that Colabello may provide--coverage for a Morneau trade. They wouldn't be replacing Morneau with garbage, and Parmelee and Colabello could platoon. There's no rushing Sano next damn month to the bigs to play first--they could let him keep trying at 3B for another year. I will honestly say that I really don't know if there would be much difference in the performances for the Twins in 2013 between Colabello and Sano. In 2014, the gap is big. By 2015, its enormous. But the short-term has value.

On the other hand, maybe the Twins keeps Morneau and try to get something decent (not great, but not minimal) for Parmelee. The same story still applies for Colabello.

Finally, I like having pinch hitters who I can have at least a 10% of seeing smack a bomb. Wilkin doesn't do that. Colabello could.

I appreciate the avatar compliment. There's just a couple points I'd like to make.

I never said Colabello wasn't in his prime-- for all intents and purposes here, he is. What I did say was that he is not really a part of a long term solution for the Twins organization. There's a couple guys, Hicks and Arcia, who might be. Evaluating their respective skill sets and seeing how they might fit into a future WS run is more important than a couple extra wins in 2013. We have seen flashes of greatness from both, but both could certainly benefit from working down in AAA with regular ABs and without constant pressure.

It's also important to remember how Parm raked in AAA. AAA stats are not perfect indicators of how someone is going to handle major league velocity, movement and control. Seeing as how Colabello has yet to have made a splash in the bigs, it might be a little too soon to deem him the best bench bat we have.

The gist of what I was getting at in my original post revolved around an untrue claim about how the Twins promote. I was just pointing out that the motives of a rebuilding team are inherently different than a "win now" club. With all of that being said, I personally think we have seen enough of Parm/Hicks/ et al. for the time being to give Colabello a shot at the bigs. Maybe he sticks around for now. Maybe he doesn't. I am personally in favor of a promotion for the man. Just wanted to clear that up.

jay
05-21-2013, 11:50 PM
Nothing official from the Twins yet, but Colabello's personal hitting coach just said he's been called up.
https://twitter.com/Tewk****ting/status/337063849775742976

Assuming it's true.... CONGRATS TO CHRIS!! Well deserved and we look forward to watching you play with the big club!

jay
05-31-2013, 10:09 AM
After 2 starts (1 RF, 1 DH), Chris was temporarily optioned back to AAA. With Trevor Plouffe going on the 15-day DL, he was quickly recalled without playing a game for Rochester.

Chris will look to improve upon his current 1 for 11 MLB line as an option for 1B, DH, RF, and emergency 3B.

jay
06-05-2013, 02:38 PM
After another brief MLB stint, Chris was again optioned back to Rochester.

Seth named him his 'May Hitter of the Month' with the following write-up:

Rochester Red Wings 1B Chris Colabello

(34-80) .425/.489/.800 (1.289) with 12 doubles, no triples, six home runs and 20 RBI.


I struggled with this a bit. Colabello didn’t even play in a minor league game in May after May 21. Should I give him the #1 spot for the month? Should I factor in his 2-15 performance with the Twins? Does he have enough at bats to “qualify” for this ‘award’? Well, he’s got plenty of at bats, and his numbers are incredible. Didn’t play in the last 9-10 Red Wings games of the month and still accounted for 18 extra base hits. Also, his story is remarkable, and for it to culminate with his first big league promotion at the age of 29 after seven years in independent ball, it just adds to the reasoning. Look again at the month he had and remember that he had a very strong April. There is no reason to believe that Colabello can’t be a big league role player. We do know that he can mash AAA pitching, something he’ll be doing again here in June.

jay
06-27-2013, 10:16 AM
Chris came back for 1 AB vs the Nationals on 6/9 and has continued to destroy AAA both before and after. His .369/.437/.663 triple-slash (and 1.100 OPS!!) leads the International League in all three categories. His 18 HRs and 169 TBs are both good for 2nd.

The hope is that we'll see Chris on the MLB roster for the rest of the season no later than some time around the trade deadline in late July if someone from the trio of Morneau, Willingham, or Doumit finds a new home.

jay
06-27-2013, 11:08 AM
Some various links to recent articles:

Video clip from MiLB of oppo HR on 6/22 vs Louisville - Video Highlights & Clips - MiLB | Rochester's Chris Colabello homers - Video | Rochester Red Wings Multimedia (http://www.milb.com/multimedia/vpp.jsp?content_id=28282533&sid=t534)

'Study In Perserverance', a 2-min video by USATODAY - Wings' Chris Colabello a study in perseverance - USATODAY.com Video (http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/video/wings-chris-colabello-a-study-in-perseverance/2505987880001)

Leading 1B vote getter in AAA All-Star Game fan balloting (still ahead as of June 20, voting is closed and rosters will be announced shortly): Colabello, Hawpe ahead in fan voting | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball (http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130613&content_id=50426992&vkey=news_milb&fext=.jsp&sid=milb)

Clubhouse prank or clubhouse mistake? Chris wore the wrong jersey in a MLB game: Y! SPORTS (http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/chris-colabello-wears-wrong-minnesota-twins-jersey-143333913.html)

jay
07-08-2013, 09:38 AM
Honored again by TD's own Seth Stohs as the June hitter of the month.

The June Minnesota Twins Minor League Hitter of the Month is...

Rochester Red Wings 1B Chris Colabello

(34-94) .362/.451/.660 (1.111) with four doubles, no triples, eight home runs and 26 RBI.
I am certain I sound like a broken record, but the Chris Colabello story should be talked about more, and he should be getting even more attention. He debuted with the Twins in May and still was the choice for minor league hitter of that month. This month, he spent the entire time with the Red Wings and still was incredible. He hits for average, takes walks and hits for power. He is the force in the middle of the Red Wings lineup that has helped them get back over .500 again. Overall, in 77 games with the Red Wings this year, he has hit .358/.436/.653 with 22 doubles, 21 homers and 67 RBI. He was recently named to the International League All-Star team, and frankly, he’s been one of the best handful of players at any level of minor league baseball.

AM.
07-08-2013, 01:20 PM
I honestly think Colabello could be the Twins DH or 1B for the next several years. He hits, and he hits for power, and he draws walks.

spycake
07-08-2013, 02:50 PM
I honestly think Colabello could be the Twins DH or 1B for the next several years. He hits, and he hits for power, and he draws walks.
Important to remember that Parmelee similarly dominated the same league last year, yet is hovering just above a .700 MLB OPS right now. And plenty of other older mashers have posted great AAA lines but could never translate that to MLB performance. Dan Johnson's had a few ~1.000 OPS seasons in that league recently, with great K/BB ratios.

Don't get me wrong: I'd love to see Colabello get a shot.

jay
07-15-2013, 10:43 AM
Don't get me wrong: I'd love to see Colabello get a shot.

It is widely expected that Chris will get just that. It looks like he will be allowed to play in the AAA All-Star Game before the Twins announce the roster move. Twins option Arcia, Escobar and Parmelee to Triple-A Rochester | twinsbaseball.com: News (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130714&content_id=53775720&c_id=min)

Good luck on this next callup, Chris!

Seth Stohs
08-09-2013, 11:28 PM
FemmeFan.com (http://www.femmefan.com/site/featuredarticles/2008/Oct08/Devoted_article1012.htm)

This is a story by Jessica Quiroli, written in early 2009, when Colabello was still playing in the Can-Am League. "It's a Living!"

jay
08-27-2013, 02:16 PM
With September 1 just around the corner, Chris should hopefully stick on the MLB roster for the rest of the year. We can only hope he gets more chances to show what he can do.

Congrats to him on being named the International League MVP and ROY! Colabello named IL MVP, Rookie of the Year | International League News (http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130827&content_id=58602640&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_l117&sid=l117)

2011 -- Independent League Player of the Year
2012 -- 2nd place, Eastern League MVP
2013 -- Int'l League MVP and ROY