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Portrait of Christian Colon

Christian Colon 2BRoyals

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
3 329 .268 .328 .338 .243 1.1
Birth Date5-14-1989
Height5' 10"
Weight185 lbs
Age27 years, 6 months, 24 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2012
2013
0.62014
0.32015
0.22016
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

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 6 2 0 .333 .375 .489 .316 4.6 0.5 0.6
2015 KCA 26 43 119 107 8 31 5 0 0 36 11 17 0 0 1 6 3 2 .290 .356 .336 .249 1.4 1.8 0.3
2016 KCA 27 54 161 147 13 34 6 0 1 43 11 31 2 0 1 13 0 1 .231 .294 .293 .217 -4.1 5.6 0.2
Career1183292992980161110125522022553.268.328.338.2431.97.91.1

Statistics for All Levels

'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 .000 .305 106 -7.4 7.8 3.6 3.8 -0.6 3.4 0.7 3.4 0.7
2011 NWA AA 127 568 .226 .270 .339 .418 .000 .271 111 -21.5 16.7 4.7 15.2 -2.0 -2.0 1.3 -2.0 1.3
2012 NWA AA 73 315 .272 .253 .321 .386 .000 .305 99 4 8.7 2.8 0.9 -2.6 12.9 1.5 12.9 1.5
2012 OMA AAA 5 21 .380 .343 .399 .508 .000 .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 .000 .364 103 2.1 0.8 0 -0.4 0.5 3.4 0.3 3.4 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 .000 .288 93 -2.3 16.6 2.6 -0.5 2.1 18.9 1.9 18.9 1.9
2014 KCA MLB 21 49 .316 .249 .303 .385 .000 .366 105 2.5 1.3 0 0.5 0.8 4.6 0.6 4.6 0.6
2014 NWA AA 2 9 .252 .208 .295 .293 .000 .333 100 -0.1 0.2 0.1 -0.3 0.3 0.6 0.0 0.6 0.0
2014 OMA AAA 86 388 .278 .267 .333 .415 .000 .317 93 7.8 11.6 1.9 2.5 0.6 21.9 2.4 21.9 2.4
2015 KCA MLB 43 119 .249 .258 .315 .416 .000 .344 101 -1.3 3.2 0.7 1.8 -1.3 1.4 0.3 1.4 0.3
2015 OMA AAA 51 217 .248 .271 .336 .408 .000 .305 99 -2.6 6.0 1.3 2.1 -1.2 3.5 0.6 3.5 0.6
2016 KCA MLB 54 161 .217 .261 .323 .418 .259 .287 103 -7.1 4.6 0.1 5.6 -1.6 -4.1 0.2 -4.1 0.2
2016 OMA AAA 19 85 .240 .273 .337 .409 .261 .308 109 -1.8 2.4 0.5 0.7 0.9 2.0 0.3 2.0 0.3

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 3.4 3.8 0.7
2011 NWA AA 568 69 126 14 2 8 61 46 51 17 7 .257 .325 .342 .086 .226 -2.0 15.2 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 ROY Rk 27 6 8 3 0 0 4 4 0 1 1 .364 .481 .500 .136 .327 3.4 -0.4 0.3
2012 NWA AA 315 33 79 9 2 5 27 31 27 12 6 .289 .364 .392 .103 .272 12.9 0.9 1.5
2013 OMA AAA 577 72 140 12 3 12 58 41 57 15 4 .273 .335 .379 .105 .256 18.9 -0.5 1.9
2014 NWA AA 9 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 .250 .333 .375 .125 .252 0.6 -0.3 0.0
2014 OMA AAA 388 55 107 18 0 8 47 30 29 15 4 .311 .366 .433 .122 .278 21.9 2.5 2.4
2014 KCA MLB 49 8 15 5 1 0 6 3 4 2 0 .333 .375 .489 .156 .316 4.6 0.5 0.6
2015 OMA AAA 217 19 54 9 0 1 17 21 18 8 2 .281 .353 .344 .062 .248 3.5 2.1 0.6
2015 KCA MLB 119 8 31 5 0 0 6 11 17 3 2 .290 .356 .336 .047 .249 1.4 1.8 0.3
2016 OMA AAA 85 9 21 5 0 1 5 6 11 2 0 .273 .333 .377 .104 .240 2.0 0.7 0.3
2016 KCA MLB 161 13 34 6 0 1 13 11 31 0 1 .231 .294 .293 .061 .217 -4.1 5.6 0.2

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 CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2014 169 0.4970 0.4379 0.8243 0.5952 0.2824 0.9000 0.6667 0.1757 85 -0.003679
2015 473 0.4482 0.4249 0.8458 0.5660 0.3103 0.9333 0.7160 0.1542 227 0.004488
2016 599 0.4841 0.4374 0.7977 0.6000 0.2848 0.9023 0.5909 0.2023 0 0.000000
Career12410.47220.43270.81970.58640.29420.91380.64890.180398.09510.0012

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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
2016 KCA $518,425
2015 KCA $509,525
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$509,525
2011Current$518,425
2 yrPvs + Cur$1,027,950
2 yrTotal$1,027,950

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 8 dExcel Sports Management1 year/$518,425 (2016)

Details
  • 1 year/$518,425 (2016). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/28/16.
  • 1 year/$509,525 (2015). Re-signed by Kansas City 3/3/15.
  • 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.

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
20151.61.20.67.56.71.117.7

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .341 .396 .375 .277
11 vs R (Multi) .275 .340 .357 .252
18 Split (Multi) -.066 -.055 -.018 -.024
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.012 -.023 -.032 -.018
30 vs L (2015) .333 .385 .361 .272
31 vs R (2015) .268 .342 .324 .238
38 Split (2015) -.066 -.043 -.037 -.034
39 LgAvg (2015) -.009 -.021 -.026 -.016

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 If you need someone to make a play in the 12th inning of a postseason game, Colon has proven to be the perfect tool for the job. He only has two career postseason at-bats, but has used them to drive home and then score the tying and winning runs of the 2014 Wild Card playoff game and drive in the go-ahead run in last year's Series-clinching victory, both times in the 12th frame. He's also a steady infield glove, provides professional at-bats and gets on base, making him an ideal fit for a utility gig. Colon could also function as a stop-gap starter at second base, but wouldn't be an asset if he had to play every day. After all, most games don't go into extras.
2015 Colon added plenty of drama to Kansas City's miracle comeback win in last year's Wild Card playoff, chopping a high-hop single that plated Eric Hosmer with the tying run in the bottom of the 12th, nearly getting picked off to end the inning before stealing second on the next pitch, then coming around to score the winner on a Salvador Perez single. It won't be the last contribution Colon makes to the Royals, as the former top pick has finally arrived as a solid utility option. Stretched at shortstop, he's a plus defensive second baseman and provides a right-handed option at third base to pair with Mike Moustakas. At the plate, he brings a professional approach, solid contact and doubles power. Add all that to excellent makeup and gamer instincts and Colon is ready to be a primary infield backup with enough vestigial upside to eventually support a full-time gig at second base.
2014 After a difficult year in Triple-A, the prospect shine has dulled for Colon. The attributes the Royals loved—his superior pitch recognition and contact rates—were still solid, but his line-drive rate dipped to 10 percent and his BABIP suffered a corresponding drop. He was drafted as a shortstop, but scouts long have felt his more natural position was second base. The Royals finally had him taking more reps at the keystone, but even with their struggles at the major-league level he couldn’t buy an appearance in the bigs. Destined to be the answer to the trivia question: Who was picked after Bryce Harper, Jamison Taillon and Manny Machado were off the board in the 2010 draft?
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.

BP Articles

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What You Need to Know: J-Fer EffortEmma Baccellieri2016-07-19
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessPlaying Time Battles: American League CentralJ.J. Jansons2016-03-21
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2016 Prospects: Kansas City Royals Top 10 ProspectsChristopher Crawford2016-01-26
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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 2 PreviewR.J. Anderson2015-10-28
The Call-Up: Raul A. MondesiBen Carsley2015-10-27
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)Have any thoughts on Christian Colon (KC)? Are they grooming him to replace Infante????
(dvanhait from Holland)
There's a reasonably possibility that Colon will get a shot at the second base job, but I'm not sure I would say they are grooming him for the position. For me, Colon is more likely to slot into a utility role than he is an everyday role at the MLB level, at least for a team with designs on contending. (Mark Anderson)
2014-11-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any of these infielders going to be a long-term asset? Alex Guerrero, Jace Peterson, Enrique Hernandez, Christian Colon, Luis Sardinas?
(Steve Sax from Los Angeles)
Thanks for getting us started, Steve. I think Sardinas has the best chance of the group to be an asset from the standpoint of emerging as a major-league regular. (Daniel Rathman)
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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