1B/OF Chris Colabello
Many will never forget the rapid rise and fall of former Jays’ first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello. After spending two subpar seasons with the Twins, he was claimed off waivers by the Jays during the 2014-15 offseason. With a fresh start, Colabello began the 2015 season with the Jays’ Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons. In the month of April, he put together an impressive showing by hitting .338 with a 1.018 OPS, 12 runs scored, 5 home runs and 16 RBI. His stellar play did not go unnoticed as Colabello earned a promotion to the major leagues with the Jays in early May and didn’t look back.
For the rest of the 2015 season, Colabello became a key offensive contributor on the seriously contending ballclub. Colabello saw time mainly in the outfield prior to the arrival of Ben Revere at the trade deadline, after which he split playing time at first base with fellow teammate Justin Smoak for the stretch run. In 101 games with the Jays, he batted .321 with an .886 OPS, 138 OPS+, along with 55 runs scored, 19 doubles, 15 home runs and 54 RBI. So basically over a full 162-game schedule, Colabello was producing at a stellar 24 home runs, 87 RBI pace. He followed that up with a solid postseason in which he hit .282 with an .830 OPS, 5 runs scored, 2 home runs and 3 RBI in 10 playoff games. However, the Jays eventually fell just short of the World Series at the hands of the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS.
Unfortunately for Colabello, that one Cinderella season became his only highlight of his career as he was subsequently hit with a PEDs suspension of 80 games the following year in 2016. That turned out to be a career-ending suspension as he never fully recovered from the incident, nor did he see another game at the major league level afterwards. He attempted to catch on later with the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers organizations by signing minor league contracts with them, but things didn’t work out in the end and was out of the league entirely after 2017.