Feb 21, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals shortstop Christian Colon (72) poses for a picture during photo day at the Royals Spring Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Christian Colon is Getting his Chance with the Royals

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For a time during the offseason, it seemed as though Christian Colon could get a chance to be the Royals starting second baseman come Opening Day. At the time, Colon’s biggest competition would have been Emilio Bonifacio, who has typically been better suited as a super utility player. Then the Royals signed Omar Infante, and it became a matter of whether or not Colon would start the season as the Royals utility infielder. That decision was made when the Royals decided not to keep a backup middle infielder, and Colon started the year in Omaha.

Now, after approximately a season and a half at the AAA level, Colon is getting his chance. As Pedro Ciriaco did almost nothing for the Royals except for run quickly, Colon will be getting the opportunity to be the Royals utility infielder. Capable of playing second, short and third, Colon will likely make a couple of appearances a week, giving Infante a rest or playing third when Mike Moustakas needs a day off.

What Christian Colon can provide the Royals is another contact hitter. Fitting the Royals mold, Colon has only struck out 25 times in 294 at bats for Omaha this season, while drawing 28 walks. Colon is not likely to hit many home runs, having hit four this season after setting a career high of twelve last year, but he has hit fourteen doubles, two more than his total for all of 2013. With the spacious outfield in Kansas City, Colon could end up being another doubles hitter on the Royals roster.

At this point, Colon likely had nothing left to prove in Omaha. He has handled transition to a utility infielder relatively well, performing well enough defensively where he would not be a liability in the field. He is what he is offensively, someone who can make contact and has solid bat control. Colon may not be a superstar at the major league level, but he could end up as a serviceable player at the major league level.

There is an opportunity for Christian Colon at the major league level. Now it is up to him to make the most of it.

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  • Stan Colbert

    I have no faith in Ned being able to develop personnel! I give him no credit for Dyson who has become a very good player despite the constant roadblocks put in his way. Valencia plays 3rd. and his avg. is better than Moose now and can’t get in the game! Esky never sits! I fear Colon will wind up sitting next to the others competing to blow the biggest bubbles!

    • Bear Brinkman

      Why isn’t Dyson leading off? Why is Hosmer batting second? Why is Butler even playing?8 mil. for a DH that won’t hustle, can’t run and has forgot how to hit homers is a waste. I have a lot of questions

      • Stan Colbert

        The only two questions I have are Is Moore smart as we are? If so how long is he going to allow this nonsense to continue?

    • jimfetterolf

      Dyson can’t hit lefties, Valencia can’t hit righties, and Colon is coming up to spell Esky and Infante. Yost knows the splits, which are available at Baseball Reference.

      • Stan Colbert

        Dyson has improved his performance every year. He has 7 bunt singles this year. According to this site he has helped the KC outfield become the place flyballs go to die. Valencia hasn’t played fulltime since when? His competition cant seem to hit eighties that well either. In the last 12 games the Royals have played .500 ball and lost what 6 games in the standings to Detroit?

        • jimfetterolf

          And Dyson still can’t hit lefties and Valencia still can’t hit righties.

          As for the last 12 games, it was predicted during the streak that opposing pitching coaches would notice that Royals’ hitters were looking up instead of down and would adjust. Now we see if the Royals can.

          Moose’s last 28 days, about the time he’s been back up: .260/.316/.438.

          Danny Valencia against righties this year: .206/.289/.265.

          Dyson might be the better argument for full time, his defense overcoming a .638 OPS against lefties, but Aoki has been a stud against lefties, so when he comes back the platoon likely returns. Baseball is all about match ups if you’re a manager.

          • Stan Colbert

            I am certainly no manager. All year last year I heard the goal for this year was the playoffs. Everything I read says KC has one of the best defenses, bullpens, starting rotations, yet they remain looking up in the standings at wildcard teams & Detroit for division. The areas needing improvement would seem to be narrowing to me, as just a fan.

          • jimfetterolf

            Agree. At the moment the team’s biggest problem is James Shields and maybe Billy. Hoz apparently received some advice from Ned Yost and has started squaring the ball up again, Cain, Escobar, Dyson, Infante are being productive, Moose has become adequate with the bat, but Alex is slumping. Just the nature of the game.

          • Stan Colbert

            What is up with Shields? Is he hurt? Did he suddenly get old last mo. ? Does he have a history of this kind of thing? This seems not good, to me.

          • jimfetterolf

            It was mentioned last month that he was having trouble with allergies. Lee Judge suggested he may be trying too hard, flying open and losing command. Fairly quick trip from ace to #5 starter though.