#3 – Chris Colabello, OF
(.330/.372/.525, 13 HR)
I think it’s safe to say that expectations were pretty low on Chris Colabello coming in to this season. He hadn’t experienced much success in the majors prior, with the exception of a single torrid month with the Minnesota Twins where he set a bunch of their monthly records.
He came over to the Blue Jays, which always seemed to be one outfielder short throughout the year. When Michael Saunders went down, he was expected to shoulder the load in a platoon with Carrera, so Colabello took the ball and ran with it. And he really hasn’t looked back.
Now this potent Blue Jays offense needs to find a spot in their lineup for him several times a week, with his bat too hot to leave on the bench. He has fit into a 1B/DH rotation with Encarnacion and Navarro, and has played a better 1B than he did LF.
Colabello stats, assumed to be a BABIP aided, flash in the pan by many, have continued to rise. He’s 1st in average at .330, 1st in OBP at .372, 3rd in SLG behind Edwin and Josh at .525 and 2nd in OPS behind Donaldson at .897. Enough to turn you into a Colabeliever.
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