Lost and Found: Royals Prospect Christian Colon
Editor’s note: Lost and Found is an offseason series in which one underrated prospect from each of the 30 MLB clubs will be discussed in a short, snappy post.
Lost: Christian Colon was the fourth overall pick in the 2010 Draft (out of baseball powerhouse Cal-State Fullerton) and was perceived to be Kansas City’s shortstop of the future. Then he was promoted (aggressively, I might add) to play his first full season in the Texas League, where hitters say that while 1) the ballparks and weather are hitter-friendly, 2) the repetition of opponents makes the circuit a constant series of adjustments against advanced pitching.
2011: .257 AVG, .325 OBP, 24 XBH, 17 SB in 127 G at Double-A Northwest Arkansas
Found: With expectations lowered, the not-so-toolsy Colon returned to the TL, overcame two freak injuries (injuring his foot while stepping on a bat and fouled a ball off his face) before finishing the campaign at Triple-A Omaha.
2012: .301 AVG, .376 OBP, 21 XBH, 13 SBs in 85 G across three levels
So Colon was lost, now he is found. Now, about the Royals’ returns: Colon will be 24 a week after Opening Day 2013, when he will likely be back at Omaha, one hot streak/trade/injury from making his Major League debut. And while the righty-hitting, righty-throwing Puerto Rico native won’t be a star, he can definitely be a productive star-ter. That’s more than we could say 12 months ago.