Chris Colabello-Replacement for Morneau?
by, 12-21-2012 at 01:08 AM (1167 Views)
I am a big Colabello fan. When the Twins picked him up from the Independent League, I was intrigued. His IL numbers were very, very solid. When he came to the Twins organization, he did really, really well against competition that in my personal opinion is much tougher than in the IL. And in nearly 40 more games that he was used to playing, he drove in nearly 100 runs with 19 HR's. His BA and OBP were the lowest of his career this year, making me think that he will improve in them next year. He is also raking down in the Mexican Winter League.
Now, for the real reason I am writing this blog. I believe that if the Twins trade Justin Morneau mid-season, they should give serious consideration to bring Mr. Colabello up from whatever level he is at this year. I say this partly because as he is a righty, his power numbers are likely to go up in a field that is friendly to righties more than lefties like J-Mo. I also believe that he could adjust to the Majors and be a good 1B player. This would add a fairly powerful righty bat to the lineup while keeping Parmelee's bat in the lineup as well, albeit in RF and detracting from our defense. In a lineup that is lacking power from the right side aside from Willingham (and Plouffe when he is on his game), a guy who can drive in runs and hit HR's like Colabello can could be a real asset to the Twins.