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    Chris Colabello

    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, Canadian-American League)
    College: Assumption College
    High School: Milford HS (Milford, MA)
    Born: October 24, 1983 - Framingham, MA (30 min W of Boston)

    Baseball-Reference Player Page - here.
    MiLB Player Page - here.

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    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

    Last edited by jay; 06-27-2013 at 10:21 AM.

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    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

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    Other blogs and articles about Mr. Colabello:
    'Happiest Man in Baseball' - Jon Morosi (Foxsports, 2013)
    'Paid His Dues' - David Dorsey (FSN, 2013)
    'Fairy Tale' - Cody Christy (ND Twins Fan, 2013)
    Perseverance - Paul Daley (Sentinel and Entreprise, local MA paper, 2013)
    'IL to MLB' - Rhett Bollinger (mlb.com, 2013)
    'Good Story, Good Player' - Tom Powers (Pioneer Press, 2012)
    '2011 IL Player of the Year' - JJ Cooper (Baseball America, 2011)

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    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

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    Garrett Jones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AM. View Post
    Garrett Jones?
    Umm, no, Chris Colabello. If you're trying to draw comparisons, I can see some.

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    Chris was named the International League Player of the Week (April 4-14):
    Colabello named Batavia Downs POTW | Rochester Red Wings News

    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    I wish the Twins would move to a 11-man pitching staff after a few weeks so they could bring Colabello up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jorgenswest View Post
    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.

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    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) !!

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    If Willingham is sent packing, PLEASE bring this guy up and put him in the lineup (at 1B, preferably)!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay View Post
    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.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
    (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!

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