By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
March 30, 2010
When you look at Christian Colon’s overall package, you don’t find any one tool that blows you away. What you do find is a player who does a lot of things well, which gives him the potential to fit in for years to come.
The last time I saw Colon was at a high school showcase in Compton before his senior year. When I saw him against Loyola Marymount recently, my impression was that I was looking at the same player three years later. For many clubs, that will make Colon a safe, dependable draft choice. In an industry where many scouts look for consensus and fear having their own opinion, Colon is the kind of player who benefits most.
I see him as an average blue-collar big league middle infielder all the way around. Defensively, he has some range to his right and very soft hands. His arm is a solid average, solid accuracy. He will field what he gets to. He will likely lack the defensive flair, and he still could wind up at second base if he’s blocked at short. He would lack the premium power to be a cornerstone-type at third.
Offensively, the bat has always been Colon’s amateur baseball calling card, and you can’t ignore his history of hitting. In this look, I saw him struggle to pick up off-speed and adjust to a right-hander backing him off the plate. Colon had an armsy swing in this look, but the right-handed hitter showed signs of shooting for right field. I think he’ll need to more consistently shorten his stroke as a pro. He should have the ability to put the bat on the ball and spray to all fields. He won’t have above-average power, but his spray approach should get him doubles. He wasn’t a burner when I last saw him and he worked hard to rehab from a broken leg suffered in 2009, but he should be a solid average runner. He’s the kind of player who might not wow you, but if you give him a full season, you’ll look up and see a solid season of contributions at the pro level.
Hit 30/60 Power 20/50 Run 50/50 Arm 50/50 Field 50/50 OFP = 52