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    Though we do not know the follow up transactions (DL and 40 man implications), Twins Daily has learned from multiple sources that Chris Colabello has been promoted to the Minnesota Twins. He'll have a very early morning flight and hope to join the Twins for Wednesday's noon game in Atlanta.

    It is possible that Colabello will take the 25-man roster spot of Trevor Plouffe, who was kneed in the back of the head on a slide at second base. He left the game and was clearly woozy. Likely Eduardo Escobar and Jamey Carroll will get time at third base. (We will update as we learn more.)



    Colabello is not on the Twins 40 man roster, so along with needing a roster spot for Sam Deduno on Friday, they will need a second spot for Colabello. Most likely, Darin Mastroianni and Tim Wood will be put on the 60 Day Disabled List.

    Colabello is a tremendous story. After spending seven years in the Can-Am (Independent) League, he was signed by the Twins last spring, with no guarantee of making a roster. He made the New Britain roster and drove in 98 runs on the year. This off-season, he dominated the Mexican Winter League and earned an invitation to Twins big league spring training. He had to leave the team for a couple of weeks to play for the surprising WBC team from Italy. He returned to camp, was optioned to Rochester and has raked since then.

    Colabello has been one of the best hitters in minor league baseball this season. He is now hitting .358/.417/.659 (1.076) with 17 doubles, 12 home runs and 39 RBI.

    Bobby Tewksbary is a long-time friend and offseason hitting instructor of Colaballo. He tweeted his excitement at the news of his friend's big league promotion. He told Twins Daily in an e-mail:

    "Every player has their own story and their own hurdles. To go undrafted, to play 7 years of indy ball, to keep playing when so many people wonder when you are just going to shut it down already... I know how much time he has invested and how thankful he is to the Twins for the opportunity they have given him. His story is rare if not unique. It is an amazing accomplishment that he put himself in the position he is in right now. As they say, getting there is one thing, staying is another. We always talk about how it is the same game, the same dimensions, the same rules. You work and prepare each day to give yourself the best chance to be successful and that doesn't change. It is just very exciting. I couldn't be happier for him and his family."

    Chris Colabello has come a long way, and he has earned this opportunity. Colabello is the type of person, with the type of story, that has to make people love the great game of baseball!
    This article was originally published in blog: Chris Colabello to be promoted to Twins started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 58 Comments
    1. spideyo's Avatar
      spideyo -
      Quote Originally Posted by crarko View Post
      Actually, I wouldn't mind him breaking out the old third baseman's glove, either.
      Based on our current organizational depth, if Collabello gets sent back to AAA he totally should be working on 3B. We've got plenty of sub-par corner OF/DH guys
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by drjim View Post
      Would you rather he didn't play? Doubtful they would bench Morneau.

      It doesn't matter to me if he plays or not.

      What I'm defintely not interested in seeing is a guy who has no business being in the OF playing in the OF...
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThePuck View Post
      It doesn't matter to me if he plays or not.

      What I'm defintely not interested in seeing is a guy who has no business being in the OF playing in the OF...
      Hard to disagree with that. We'll have to see how he does.

      I have a hard time envisioning him being much worse in the outfield than Ryan Doumit or Josh Willingham though...
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by jay View Post
      Hard to disagree with that. We'll have to see how he does.

      I have a hard time envisioning him being much worse in the outfield than Ryan Doumit or Josh Willingham though...
      We can add Arcia to that list...though I'm hoping it's rookie nerves with him...We have too many DH types on this team.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      They don't have that many DH types either, assuming the H stands for hitter.....
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Wow
      Great story. Hope he hits 30 homers for the twins.
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      They don't have that many DH types either, assuming the H stands for hitter.....
      There's that.
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      And then they put him in right field. Go figure. Of course, no DH.
    1. Brad Swanson's Avatar
      Brad Swanson -
      Is it just me, or does Colabello look kind of weird in this picture:

      Attachment 4146

      His head is very round and his cheeks kind of dangle.
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Colabello has been OK in the outfield. Just like the others, it's hard to catch the rockets that leave the park when Worley pitches.
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Moves like Colabello playing in the outfield strike me as a pretty overt acknowledge that 2013 is indeed a rebuilding year. They want to see his bat, first and foremost and with Morneau going so good, Colabello's best play to play might be the outfield. They probably also want to see if Colabello has any flexibility. The Twins have shown some anticipation in players having flexibility in the outfield, in that Parmelee looks much better in right field than many of us anticipated (especially his arm-play), and them giving CF innings to Ramirez and LF innings to Escobar. Honestly, these kind of moves seem totally prudent. They might not be looking for regular at bats for any of these guys, but they might a several good bench players, when the next core emerges. Which has been a historical issue for this team.
    1. spideyo's Avatar
      spideyo -
      Imagine if Parmelee and Colabello could hit in the majors at the same level as they hit at AAA. They could platoon DH and provide powerful bench options if/when our various OF kids make their presence unnescesary in the OF.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThePuck View Post
      Well, that makes perfect sense...after all, he's almost 30 and he's played a whopping 13 games in the OF between indy ball and the minors over the last 8 or 9 years...

      But hey, he's played 4 game this year in the OF and had two chances during those games...I'm sure he's ready for the major league OF..

      That heavy snark isn't directed at you crarko, just my frustration that Gardy believes anyone can play anywhere so he just plugs them into wherever. This is the majors, hard enough to play ONE position well enough to get here and be major league quality.
      They pulled a similar stunt with Parmelee last year. It was suspected if the Twins called up Parmelee, his best bet to get playing time would be in the outfield yet he never played any at Rochester. Either the front office doesn't have much foresight or Gene Glynn is telling them to screw off and stop messing with his team. I doubt Glynn would still be employed if the later was the case.
    1. Mr. Brooks's Avatar
      Mr. Brooks -
      What is with all the Arcia hate?
      Sure he's been streaky, and his D has been pretty sub par, but his OPS+ is 115. Not terrible for a 22 year old rookie, and is good for 2nd on the club right now (behind only Joe).
      Maybe some people expect dominance or bust from him, but I think he's hit good enough to stay up here, and should be in the line up every single day.
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      They pulled a similar stunt with Parmelee last year. It was suspected if the Twins called up Parmelee, his best bet to get playing time would be in the outfield yet he never played any at Rochester. Either the front office doesn't have much foresight or Gene Glynn is telling them to screw off and stop messing with his team. I doubt Glynn would still be employed if the later was the case.
      Yeah, I get that, but Parmelee was drafted as an OF and played OF a lot in the minors. Something close to 300 games.
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThePuck View Post
      Yeah, I get that, but Parmelee was drafted as an OF and played OF a lot in the minors. Something close to 300 games.
      He was always a 1Bman that was pushed into the OF in the minors because Morneau was at 1B. They tried to make it work and gave up at the upper levels.
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by kab21 View Post
      He was always a 1Bman that was pushed into the OF in the minors because Morneau was at 1B. They tried to make it work and gave up at the upper levels.
      The other way around...he started playing more 1B than OF when Morny got his concussion...check the games played.

      20 Christopher Parmelee Chino Hills HS RF L/L 6'1" 205 1988-02-24 HS 350K
      Comments: A smooth left-handed swing provides line drives now and presents the kind of power potential scouts like. His arm may play in right field and he's a good baserunner, but the bat is what will get him drafted.

      Point is, there's NO comparison to the amount of games played in the OF between Colabello and Parmellee prior to hitting the majors. 13 games to almost 300.
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThePuck View Post
      The other way around...he started playing more 1B than OF when Morny got his concussion...check the games played.

      20 Christopher Parmelee Chino Hills HS RF L/L 6'1" 205 1988-02-24 HS 350K
      Comments: A smooth left-handed swing provides line drives now and presents the kind of power potential scouts like. His arm may play in right field and he's a good baserunner, but the bat is what will get him drafted.

      Point is, there's NO comparison to the amount of games played in the OF between Colabello and Parmellee prior to hitting the majors. 13 games to almost 300.
      Yes, the Twins drafted Parmelee as an OF'er but that doesn't mean that they didn't force that position on him because there wasn't a spot at 1B available in the majors. His scouting reports in the low minors usually said that he was borderline awful in the OF but that the Twins were trying to make OF work so he had somewhere to play in the majors.
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