Royals 2010 #1 pick SS Christian Colon SS Cal State Fullerton
I am one of the biggest Christian Colon fans in the country. In the last decade I always have a few college players I really pay attention to. ¬†Colon gives you a little bit of everything you want in a big league player. He is a natural born leader, plays a solid SS, is a clutch hitter, and plays the game the right way. I have said before that if I was able to see the scouting report for Derek Jeter out of HS I would bet it is similar to Colon.
He has been a highly respected baseball prospect since his freshman year at high school in Waco, Texas. He went to 3 high schools in 4 years due to his fathers job and was named MVP of the AFLAC all star game.
His game has been questioned because he does nothing extremely well but as I said he does everything good enough. He won’t strikeout much (8% K rate)
He has been the starting SS since day 1 at Fullerton hitting .329, .406, .444, .850 as a freshman with 25 k’s 19 walks in 243 at bats and 13 stolen bases. His sophomore season his line looked like this .357, .438, .529, .967 and 15 stolen bases with 24 k’s 24 walks in 255 at bats. After his sophomore season he played for team USA¬†¬†serving as Captain of Team USA¬†this summer. ¬†Again he was the team leader in more ways than one and with the bat he had¬†¬†37RBI and¬†five HR‚Äôs to lead the 2009 Team USA in 23 games played.¬† He stole¬† 24 bases in 26 attempts.¬† He only struck out six times despite also leading the team in at bats with 94. ¬†But, he had an injury in the semi final game ¬†explained here on Yahoo sports
“Team USA played Canada on Friday, and apparently a Canadian player slid in very hard on Colon. After the slide, Colon had to be carted off the field with onlookers fearing the worst.
The prognosis on Colon is that he has a broken tibia and fibula in his left leg. He also will need a plate put in that leg and will have surgery upon return to California. Colon will stay with the team in British Columbia for the time being.”
He came back relatively fast and he did slide quite a bit after the injury (he was a pre season top 10 pick by several people) *although to be fair he has also slipped because some scouts feel he might end up at 2B and are not overwhelmed by any one thing he does. He is projected to be a mid to late 1st round pick. This season he ¬†hit .352 in 253 at bats with a career high 16 home runs, 64 rbi and just 17 k’s and 32 walks with a 439 OBP and a .621 slug.
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