* 1B Chris Colabello was a legend in independent ball and he fared OK with the Minnesota Twins — not to mention for Italy facing Team Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a homer and four RBIs.
2013 IL MVP Chris Colabello selected off waivers by Jays
By Devon Teeple
Strictly for the sake of discussion, I love that the Toronto Blue Jays have selected Chris Colabello off waivers from the Minnesota Twins, according to MLB TradeRumours.
Colabello is quite the story of perseverance. He’s a veteran of seven independent league seasons. There is no doubt the guy can hit, but the question of if he can hit MLB pitching still remains.
After a monster year in 2013 when Colabello batted .352 in Triple A Rochester with 24 home runs and 76 RBIs, he was, hands down, the International League Most Valuable Player. He was also named Rookie of the Year becoming the first payer to win both awards since J.T. Snow did it in 1992.
At just 31 years old, he still has a few years to get accustomed to the major league game. Heck, he’s only appeared in 114 of them. With a .312 career batting average, he’s proven that he can hit for average. His 139 home runs and 632 RBI proves he’s got power and can drive in runs. Will he get an opportunity for playing time in Toronto? With Justin Smoak, presumably, his competition for some playing time, he’ll have his work cut out for him.
Last year, Colabello got off to a monstrous start for the Minnesota Twins. On April 23 he was batting .346. But an undisclosed thumb injury led to a downward spiral. An 0-5 the next day was the beginning of an 8-73 slump followed by a demotion back to Triple A. He didn’t return to the Twins all year, but did lead the Red Wings in home runs (10) in only 61 games.