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#1 Parker Hageman

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 03:22 PM

The Twins have signed 28-year-old Chris Colabello to a minor league deal. Colabello, a corner infielder for Worcester of the Can-Am League, hit .348/.410/.600 with 20 home runs in 412 plate appearances. That performance earned Colabello Baseball America's title of Indy League MVP.

#2 Seth Stohs

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 09:00 AM

No risk, low reward, but why not? I like this signing, giving a guy a shot. The Twins did well last year with a late Can-Am League signing when they added LHP Andrew Albers. I'm sure they'll throw him into the mix in New Britain and see what happens.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 07:52 AM

Like Seth said, it's a low risk signing. He's right handed, so he presumably handles southpaws well. That's a plus. 1 K in every 7.8 plate appearances also stands out.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=colabe001chr

#4 John Bonnes

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:10 PM

Huh. He's always been in indy leagues? Never in an organization? And he's a hitter? I can't think of a real success story like that. Obviously, it doesn't hurt anything, but that might be a testement to how thin the Twins are at first base in their system, more than any chance this guy has.

#5 Seth Stohs

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 02:17 PM

No, these stories don't typically wind up with a big league promotion, and I'm sure this signing isn't done with the intent of him getting to play in Target Field... A certain Phillies catcher got to the big leagues after spending 5-6 years in independent ball. As for the 1B depth, I don't know that is says anything about that. With the Twins, you've got Morneau (and Hughes can play there). You've go Parmelee waiting in the wings with Aaron Bates and Steve Pearce there as well. At AA, right now the only guy is Nate Hanson, unless they were to move an Oswaldo Arcia or someone there part-time. So, he just kind of fits in there as a 1B/DH. Also, I would assume that at least Pearce may have an opt-out in his minor league deal, so there could be another opening on June 1 or whatever.

#6 John Bonnes

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 05:11 PM

Well, I disagree about the depth thing. After Parmelee, there is basically a steep drop off to whoever is next in terms of prospect status. This might be just finding someone to help out at AA for the year.

#7 Seth Stohs

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 06:43 PM

Someone blogged the Twins organizational depth at every position over the last three weeks. I'd have to look back at that to see where the prospects are.

#8 John Bonnes

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 06:55 PM

You had Gonzales listed as 2nd, & he didn't make the top 50 at Twinkietown. I thnk it's safe to say that after Parmelee, there's a pretty good drop off. :-)

#9 Seth Stohs

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 07:31 PM

I'm pretty sure Gonzalez wasn't in my Top 30 either... I do think that they have several guys who could step up to the Twins if needed. Parmelee (Nick may disagree, but I'll continue to say he) can be adequate for a number of years with some more potential to improve. Pearce and Bates can be short-term options (although Hughes/Plouffe may be just as good). But you're right, there aren't a lot of good 1B prospects in the minors... although some say Sano will eventually be a 1B.

#10 Seth Stohs

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 08:24 AM

People ask me a lot why I enjoy following the minor leagues. Is it about the top prospects? Sure. But it's also about guys like Chris Colabello who just love the game and want a chance. Tom Powers wrote a really nice article about the 28-year-old who is in his first spring training with an MLB affiliate. http://www.twincitie...is-colabello-is

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 06:11 PM

There are independent league success story's such as Chris Coste and Saint Paul Saints Alumni Kevin Millar.

Edited by Highabove, 11 March 2012 - 06:29 PM.


#12 ScrapTheNickname

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 06:27 PM

Why does this 6 week-old article appear at the top suddenly of Twins Daily? I find some aspects of Twins Daily confusing. Rationale?

#13 Seth Stohs

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 06:52 PM

Why does this 6 week-old article appear at the top suddenly of Twins Daily? I find some aspects of Twins Daily confusing. Rationale?


Go up to the message from 9:24 a.m. today... there is a new article on him that was put in the same thread.

#14 ScrapTheNickname

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 02:43 AM

Go up to the message from 9:24 a.m. today... there is a new article on him that was put in the same thread.


Thanks for replying Seth. I now see how this "old" story came up because you commented on it yesterday; however, that doesn't mean it's not confusing! (Oh well, a lot of things are confusing so I will quote the Beatles and let it be.).