Looking back at Royals top prospects: #18 Christian Colon

MLB.com ranked infielder Christian Colon at number 18 in terms of the KC Royals top prospects late in July. That was down two spots from where he was ranked in the preseason.

Royals infielder Christian Colon warming up in Cleveland July 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals infielder Christian Colon warming up in Cleveland July 2014 (Jen Nevius).

CC was drafted fourth overall in 2010 and was seen as a safe pick and a quick mover. However, he did not make his Major League debut until this season. He hit well in his debut (.333 with five doubles, a triple, and six RBIs) and was even on the Royals postseason roster (though he was taken off for the World Series).

CC’s tools aren’t considered flashy or great, but he plays well overall and works hard. He puts the ball in play, hitting .311 in 86 games with Triple-A Omaha. He hit 18 doubles and eight home runs, while scoring 55 runs and driving in 47. CC walked 30 times compared to just 29 strikeouts. Scouts say he has below-average speed, but he stole 15 bases for the Storm Chasers, while being caught four times.

CC should be the Royals utility fielder in 2015. If Omar Infante continues to struggle staying healthy, CC should see his role become more every day at second base. He could also be the stopgap at third base if Mike Moustakas cannot hit his weight and until Hunter Dozier is ready.

 

Stay tuned later today for a look back at #17.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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