Blue Jays Minor League Depth – First Base
Apr 20, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Minnesota Twins right fielder Chris Colabello (20) singles in a run against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
–Chris Colabello– Streaking Chris
Colabello had a red hot start to last year with the Twins. After eclipsing the great Kirby Puckett for the Twins April RBI record he flattened out. Went from being one of the top performers in baseball as the season started to not even being mentioned at the end. After 59 games with the Twins he batted .229 with 6 home runs and 39 RBI. Being sent back to triple A did not improve things to much. He was able to post a .268 BA with 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 61 games. So this brings into question who is Chris Colabello really. The man we saw dominate American League pitching for the month of April or a plus minor leaguer. I think the talent is there for him to be a Major League player but he needs to start performing to the stats that stand out on his minor league resume.
Toronto Blue Jays
–Ryan McBroom– Late draft pick talent?
Drafted in the 15th round of last year McBroom promptly went to the Vancouver affiliate and performed incredibly during his 70 stay. He posted a .297 batting average with 11 home runs and 59 RBI. I have yet to see footage on his swing but looking at his numbers shows some raw power brewing. He also has performed great defensively at first base. In 616 chances he only committed 4 errors. That is a fielding percentage of .994. McBroom has the talent and will hopefully continue to develop well so he can refine these great tools. I hope to see him as he progresses.
All Statistic information provided by baseball-reference.com.