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Portrait of Christian Colon

Christian Colon SSRoyals

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 25)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .249 3 27 19 5 .230 0.4
Birth Date5-14-1989
Height5' 10"
Weight190 lbs
Age25 years, 5 months, 8 days
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2014 KCA 25 21 49 45 8 15 5 1 0 22 3 4 0 0 1 6 2 0 .333 .375 .489 .317 4.8 0.4 0.6
Career2149458155102234001620.333.375.489.3174.80.40.6

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2010 WIL A+ 60 271 .234 .265 .335 .401 .256 .305 106 -7.4 7.8 3.6 4.4 -0.6 2.8 0.7 2.8 0.7
2011 NWA AA 127 568 .226 .270 .339 .418 .260 .271 111 -21.5 16.7 4.7 11.6 -2.0 1.6 1.3 1.6 1.3
2012 NWA AA 73 315 .272 .253 .321 .386 .263 .305 99 4 8.7 2.8 2.4 -2.6 11.5 1.5 11.5 1.5
2012 OMA AAA 5 21 .380 .343 .399 .508 .297 .353 107 2.7 0.6 0.3 -0.8 -0.3 3.3 0.2 3.3 0.2
2012 ROY Rk 7 27 .327 .255 .353 .373 .271 .364 103 2.1 0.8 0 0.5 0.5 2.5 0.3 2.5 0.3
2012 PON Wnt 39 171 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .338 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 OMA AAA 131 577 .256 .262 .330 .399 .263 .288 93 -2.3 16.6 2.6 -3.0 2.1 21.4 1.9 21.4 1.9
2014 KCA MLB 21 49 .317 .249 .303 .385 .254 .366 105 2.6 1.3 0 0.4 0.8 4.8 0.6 4.8 0.6
2014 NWA AA 2 9 .245 .208 .295 .293 .229 .333 107 -0.1 0.2 0.1 -0.3 0.3 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2014 OMA AAA 86 388 .276 .267 .333 .415 .267 .317 94 7 11.6 1.9 4.2 0.6 19.4 2.4 19.4 2.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 WIL A+ 271 38 68 12 2 3 30 13 33 2 4 .278 .325 .380 .102 .234 2.8 4.4 0.7
2011 NWA AA 568 69 126 14 2 8 61 46 51 17 7 .257 .325 .342 .086 .226 1.6 11.6 1.3
2012 OMA AAA 21 4 7 1 0 1 5 2 1 0 0 .412 .429 .647 .235 .380 3.3 -0.8 0.2
2012 PON Wnt 171 26 46 8 1 1 11 13 19 13 4 .301 .363 .386 .085 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 NWA AA 315 33 79 9 2 5 27 31 27 12 6 .289 .364 .392 .103 .272 11.5 2.4 1.5
2012 ROY Rk 27 6 8 3 0 0 4 4 0 1 1 .364 .481 .500 .136 .327 2.5 0.5 0.3
2013 OMA AAA 577 72 140 12 3 12 58 41 57 15 4 .273 .335 .379 .105 .256 21.4 -3.0 1.9
2014 OMA AAA 388 55 107 18 0 8 47 30 29 15 4 .311 .366 .433 .122 .276 19.4 4.2 2.4
2014 NWA AA 9 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 .250 .333 .375 .125 .245 0.5 -0.3 0.0
2014 KCA MLB 49 8 15 5 1 0 6 3 4 2 0 .333 .375 .489 .156 .317 4.8 0.4 0.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2014 170 0.5353 0.4647 0.8354 0.6154 0.2911 0.8750 0.7391 0.1646
Career1700.53530.46470.83540.61540.29110.8750.73910.1646

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-03 2014-09-28 15-DL 25 23 Right Fingers Fracture Middle Finger -
2012-08-14 2012-09-05 Minors 22 21 Right Foul Tip - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 dExcel Sports Management1 year/$0.5M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2014). Contract purchased by Kansas City 11/20/13. Re-signed by Kansas City 2/27/14.
  • Drafted by Kansas City 2010 (1-4) (Cal State Fullerton). Signed 6/25/10, $2.75M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 512 58 136 18 2 8 50 36 54 13 5 .297 .345 .401 .272 23.3 SS 1, 2B 1 2.8
80o 491 53 124 17 2 7 46 33 53 12 4 .281 .328 .379 .259 15.9 SS 1, 2B 1 2.0
70o 476 50 115 15 2 7 43 31 52 11 4 .270 .315 .363 .249 10.9 SS 1, 2B 1 1.5
60o 462 47 108 14 2 6 41 29 52 10 4 .260 .305 .349 .240 6.8 SS 1, 2B 1 1.0
50o 450 45 103 14 2 6 38 27 51 10 4 .251 .295 .337 .233 3.2 SS 1, 2B 1 0.6
40o 438 42 97 13 2 6 36 26 50 9 3 .242 .285 .325 .225 -0.2 SS 1, 2B 1 0.2
30o 424 40 89 12 1 5 34 24 50 9 3 .232 .274 .311 .216 -3.6 SS 1, 2B 1 -0.1
20o 409 37 82 11 1 5 32 22 49 8 3 .221 .261 .296 .206 -7.3 SS 1, 2B 1 -0.6
10o 388 33 73 10 1 4 29 19 47 7 3 .206 .244 .275 .193 -12.1 SS 1, 2B 1 -1.1
Weighted Mean456461051426392851104.255.299.343.2364.9SS 1, 2B 10.8

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 5% 9% 12%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20152625026557132215265.247.298.333.2310.1-0.20.12.314.9-17.51.4
20162726928597142416296.246.298.333.2320.20.50.12.414.9-16.91.5
20172861563134182955376712.241.292.330.2270.40.4-0.15.314.9-19.73.5
201829628651361731056416811.241.296.332.2300.61.9-0.25.214.9-18.13.6
20193062566137182956427010.246.301.336.2330.73.2-0.55.014.9-16.23.5
20203160164133172955407310.249.305.341.2360.95.0-0.64.614.9-14.03.4
20213261263129172105540768.235.291.328.2260.2-1.4-0.84.614.9-20.13.5
20223361867132172125942837.238.297.340.2330.62.0-1.04.414.9-16.33.5
20233461165130172115839796.238.292.340.2300.4-0.2-1.24.214.9-18.13.5

Upside By Year

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1 94 Jonathan Ash 2008 .000 DNP
2 94 Manny Mayorson 2008 .000 DNP
3 93 Hainley Statia 2011 .000 DNP
4 92 Mark Hallberg 2011 .000 DNP
5 89 Zach Gentile 2012 .000 DNP
6 89 Sergio Miranda 2012 .000 DNP
7 88 Carlos Alonso 2013 .000 DNP
8 88 Jim Negrych 2010 .000 DNP
9 88 Justin Henry 2010 .000 DNP
10 87 Matt Cline 2011 .000 DNP
11 87 Yung-Chi Chen 2009 .000 DNP
12 87 Cole Figueroa 2012 .000 DNP
13 86 Brian Dinkelman 2009 .000 DNP
14 86 Michael DeJesus 2009 .000 DNP
15 86 Steve Singleton 2011 .000 DNP
16 86 William Bergolla 2008 .000 DNP
17 86 Justin Turner 2010 .092
18 85 Will Rhymes 2008 .000 DNP
19 85 Kyle Haines 2008 .000 DNP
20 85 Eider Torres 2008 .123
21 85 Brodie Greene 2013 .000 DNP
22 84 Josh Asanovich 2008 .000 DNP
23 84 Guilder Rodriguez 2009 .000 DNP
24 84 Ivan De Jesus 2012 .217
25 83 Travis Adair 2013 .000 DNP
26 83 Dean Anna 2012 .000 DNP
27 83 Luis Nunez 2012 .000 DNP
28 83 Jake Elmore 2012 .186
29 83 Matt Tolbert 2007 .000 DNP
30 83 Matt Cusick 2011 .000 DNP
31 83 Callix Crabbe 2008 .205
32 83 Yangervis Solarte 2013 .000 DNP
33 82 Marc Maddox 2009 .000 DNP
34 82 Paco Figueroa 2008 .000 DNP
35 82 Adrian Cardenas 2013 .000 DNP
36 82 Marcos Cabral 2009 .000 DNP
37 82 Andy Gonzalez 2007 .199
38 82 Eduardo Cornejo 2007 .000 DNP
39 82 Brian Friday 2011 .000 DNP
40 82 Bradley Boyer 2009 .000 DNP
41 82 Brandon Wikoff 2013 .000 DNP
42 82 Kevin Frandsen 2007 .229
43 82 Jonathan Tucker 2009 .000 DNP
44 82 Alberto Gonzalez 2008 .223
45 81 Carlos R Rojas 2009 .000 DNP
46 81 Alden Carrithers 2010 .000 DNP
47 81 Josh Horton 2011 .000 DNP
48 81 Nate Spears 2010 .000 DNP
49 80 Mike Folli 2011 .000 DNP
50 80 Ben Orloff 2012 .000 DNP
51 80 Jose Flores 2013 .000 DNP
52 80 Eric Sogard 2011 .196
53 80 Matt Downs 2009 .201
54 80 Paul Janish 2008 .193
55 80 Rafael Ynoa 2013 .000 DNP
56 80 Alejandro Machado 2007 .000 DNP
57 80 Archie Gilbert 2009 .000 DNP
58 80 Keoni Ruth 2010 .000 DNP
59 80 Cedric Hunter 2013 .000 DNP
60 79 Eddy Martinez-Esteve 2009 .000 DNP
61 79 Casey Rowlett 2008 .000 DNP
62 79 Robbie Shields 2013 .000 DNP
63 79 Felix Molina 2008 .000 DNP
64 79 Brandon Douglas 2011 .000 DNP
65 79 Sammie Starr 2013 .000 DNP
66 79 Jayson Nix 2008 .157
67 79 Dale Mollenhauer 2011 .000 DNP
68 79 Tyler Ladendorf 2013 .000 DNP
69 79 Pete Kozma 2013 .203
70 79 Geraldo Valentin 2008 .000 DNP
71 79 Scott Campbell 2010 .000 DNP
72 79 James Cooper 2009 .000 DNP
73 79 Ray Chang 2009 .000 DNP
74 79 Pedro Lopez 2009 .000 DNP
75 79 Tyler Bortnick 2013 .000 DNP
76 79 Brian Dozier 2012 .224
77 78 Eric Farris 2011 .014
78 78 Michael Freeman 2013 .000 DNP
79 78 Niuman Romero 2010 .005
80 78 Josh Fellhauer 2013 .000 DNP
81 78 Ryan Cavan 2012 .000 DNP
82 78 Justin Toole 2012 .000 DNP
83 78 Michael Richard 2010 .000 DNP
84 78 Ryan Jackson 2013 .012
85 78 Matt Antonelli 2010 .000 DNP
86 78 Melvin Dorta 2007 .000 DNP
87 78 Angel Sanchez 2009 .000 DNP
88 78 Jorge Jimenez 2010 .000 DNP
89 78 Justin Sellers 2011 .219
90 78 Jonathan Malo 2009 .000 DNP
91 78 Alex Buchholz 2013 .000 DNP
92 78 Sean Danielson 2008 .000 DNP
93 78 Jordan Pacheco 2011 .237
94 78 Diory Hernandez 2009 .144
95 78 Sean Nicol 2012 .000 DNP
96 78 Corey Wimberly 2009 .000 DNP
97 78 Daniel Robertson 2011 .000 DNP
98 78 Issmael Salas 2008 .000 DNP
99 78 Andrew Romine 2011 .162
100 78 Ofilio Castro 2009 .000 DNP

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Selected fourth overall in the 2010 draft, Colon was promoted to Triple-A in early August, but fouled a ball off his face, injuring his right eye. The injury sidelined him for the rest of the season, but when he recovered he played winter ball in Puerto Rico. He has good pitch recognition, strong instincts, and an above-average contact rate. The Royals have kept him mostly at shortstop, but lack of range will probably force him to the other side of the bag. It's worth trying as he's blocked by Alcides Escobar and the Royals are looking for a solid, regular second baseman.
2012 Considered a “safe” 2010 first round pick by the normally aggressive Royals, Colon is a solid contact hitter—nearly 83 percent of his plate appearances ended with the ball in play—but he has yet to develop any kind of a power stroke, collecting just 24 extra base hits. Last summer, he struggled against left-handed pitching with a line of .192/.296/.263. Colon has the hands and arm to stay at shortstop, but lacks the quick first step and range to flag down balls up the middle. Many feel his future lies on the other side of the bag, and he began the transition to second base last summer, making 15 appearances there for the Double-A Naturals.
2011 The Royals had the fourth pick in the 2010 draft, which is kind of like being the fourth person in line at Best Buy on Black Friday with only three HDTVs left in the store. Once Bryce Harper, Jameson Taillon, and Manny Machado were off the board, the Royals had the best of what was left, and instead of spending big money on risk, they went the safe route with Colon. As a contact-oriented hitter with gap power, there is little doubt that Colon is going to hit, but there are questions about whether he will hit at a star level. With fantastic instincts, soft hands, silky-smooth actions, and a solid arm, Colon can make every play he gets to at shortstop, but as a below-average runner, there are questions about his ability to stay on the left side of the infield. His potential to be the kind of player one normally hopes for with the fourth overall pick is subject to debate, but he's also the rare talent who could begin his first full year at Double-A and be in the big leagues the following season.

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Giants vs. RoyalsSam Miller2014-10-21
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The 2010 Redraft: Is There Life Beyond Bryce?Baseball Prospectus2014-07-08
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: A Closer Swap with TheeR.J. Anderson2014-07-02
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDeep Impact: Week 13Ben Carsley2014-07-01
This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Day Eight: DallasJake Mintz2014-06-04
This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Day Eight: DallasJordan Shusterman2014-06-04
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Second Base ProspectsCraig Goldstein2014-01-30
Transaction Analysis: Omar Comin'Bret Sayre2013-12-16
Transaction Analysis: Omar Comin'Ben Lindbergh2013-12-16
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: International Winter League Games of November 26Jeff Moore2013-11-26
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This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of April 12-14Zach Mortimer2013-04-15
Perfect Game Presents: 2013 Rookie of the Year CandidatesDavid Rawnsley2013-03-29
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Kansas City Royals Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2012-12-03
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-10-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Christian Colon? He had a nice 2014 and seems like a solid 2b. What do you see his future as and will he get a chance to start for the Royals? Want to know more about him. Thx.
(Cristobal Colon from Pasadena, CA)
A certain segment of Royals fans will always link Colon with Chris Sale, which is a fair standard for the organization, but somewhat unfair for Colon. He impressed team officials by embracing his utility role this season. When the club traded Danny Valencia in July, they said the imperative was getting Colon to the majors. It would make some sense for Colon to get 250-300 at-bats next season as a backup for Omar Infante and a right-handed complement to Mike Moustakas at third base.

But, who knows. (Andy McCullough)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any hope left that the Royals give Christian Colon a legit chance at 2B? Esp in light of the Carroll and Bonifacio acquisitions the past 2 days. Colon is hitting very well since the break and seems to be an in-house solution to the 2B hole they have.
(Rick from NY)
Colon is okay, but I don't really see an everyday guy there, and it's tough to make it as a utility guy who isn't going to provide you with a plus glove at shortstop and will just be "okay" with the bat. For the stretch drive, I understand the Royals wanting to go a little more veteran on the team. And although Colon is hitting well since the break, there isn't much thunder in the bat. The hit tool is okay, but I don't think the Royals are missing out on much upside by going with some more veteran guys in a playoff race. He'll probably get a look in the big leagues someday; it's just likely not anything to get too excited about. (Jason Cole)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've heard rumors that Christian Colon is still alive. Can you confirm this?
(mbarr4 from Flower Mound, TX)
No; he's very fat. (not really; just not very good). (Jason Parks)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)WHo has a longer major league career Jose Iglesias or Christian Colon?
(Ray from Minneapolis)
Iglesias can play in the majors for 10 years on the back of his glove alone. (Jason Parks)


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