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10/24/1983 (33 y, 3 m, 27 d)
$0.2M / 1 Years (2017)
Colabello will play for Team Italy in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. (2/10/2017)
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Colabello is one of three former independent leaguers to log considerable time for the Twins in 2013 -- not a great sign, really. After eight years of toiling with the Worcester Tornadoes and the Nashua Pride, Colabello signed with the Twins in 2012 and posted solid numbers with New Britain, the club's Double-A affiliate. But in 2013, Colabello took the International League by storm, hitting .352/.427/.639 with 24 home runs while taking home the league's MVP and Rookie of the Year awards. At 29, Colabello was finally seeing the fruits of his labors rewarded with some big recognition. Colabello's season at the major league level was a different story. He struggled to make consistent contact, as evidenced by his .194 average, 32.0% strikeout rate, and 64.8% contact rate. When Colabello did make contact, he was able to drive the ball the other way with authority (.367/.367/.833) with all seven of his home runs coming to center or right of center. But that just wasn't frequent enough. Colabello will enter next year as a 30-year-old without a solid position -- he tried the outfield and it didn't work too well -- and without an adequate offensive resume to fall back upon. The Twins attempted to sell his rights to Korea, but he rebuffed their efforts and maintained that he wanted to help the big league club. If that can happen remains unclear at this point. (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
Colabello has a great story and minor league resume, but at this point his swing has too many holes for him to claim much stake to a 25-man roster spot long-term.
Colabello was a nice story, and got off to a great start in 2014, as he was among the American League's RBI leaders through the first month of the season. Eventually, he hit the skids and simply didn't have an answer. Even when he went to Triple-A Rochester, he didn't hit anything like he had the year before. Outrighted off the 40-man following the season, Colabello has landed with the Toronto Blue Jays in hopes of being their next reclamation success. At his age (31), time is not in his favor. (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
Colabello has big power and a big swing. Unfortunately, that isn't a good mix in this particular iteration. He'll be facing an uphill battle to make a difference for the Blue Jays in 2015.
It appears that the Blue Jays will go with a Chris Colabello-Justin Smoak platoon at first base in 2016. It sort of makes sense. Colabello had a nice season on the surface with the bat in 2015, but has a well-deserved reputation for, shall we say, less than stellar glove work. Smoak has had his issues with the bat over the years, but did manage 18 home runs in just 328 plate appearances for the Jays last year, and is supposed to be a good glove man. Platoons can be a good idea, but this one isn't as great as it looks. For one thing, neither player has much of an observed platoon split. For another, Smoak's reputation as a glove man is exaggerated, even if, yeah, he's better than Colabello. Smoke has a long record of putrid offense, so we will see what the Jays end up doing as the year moves along. This is about Colabello, though, and, as one might expect, the long time destroyer of the high minors got pretty lucky on balls in play in 2015. Still, there is a bright side to all this, especially from a fantasy perspective. Smoak does not pose a big threat to take over completely from Colabello, since Colabello is probably a better hitter. Colabello can hit righties decently enough that he can play against them every day if he has to (the Jays might not have a better option), and Colabello really did not get platooned that heavily last season. His wretched glove won't hurt a fantasy team. And really, his power was mostly for real last year. He'll probably end up getting just a bit more than half a season of at-bats, .270/.330/.450 with 15 homers and a fair number of RBI in the Jays' lineup is actually pretty decent in this run environment from a first baseman. Provided you have enough full-timers elsewhere, Collabello can be a decent budget or end of draft option at a corner infield or designated hitter slot in deep AL-only leagues. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Chris Collabello got really lucky on balls in play and will probably be just a part-time player for Toronto in 2015. However, there were enough good signs and there is little enough playing time competition as of this writing that he is a good option for a budget pick for a corner infielder or DH spot in AL-only leagues.
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