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1.4 Kansas City Royals - Christian Colon, SS, Cal State Fullerton

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The Royals have selected Christian Colon. Here is his profile:

 

Christian Colon   Position: SS   School: Cal State Fullerton   State: CA   Year: Jr.   Height: 6’1’’   Weight: 190

Bats: R   Throws: R   Birth Date: 5/14/89   Seiler Rating: 1B2   Last Drafted: 2007 (SD-10)

 

Year

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

2008

63

243

59

80

12

2

4

39

13

4

19

25

.329

.406

.444

2009

62

255

82

91

16

2

8

40

15

7

24

24

.357

.438

.529

2010

56

236

62

82

15

2

14

58

12

6

30

16

.347

.436

.606


Christian Colon is an excellent shortstop from Cal State Fullerton. Colon came to Fullerton from Canyon High School in Canyon Country, California, which is right outside of Santa Clarita. He was teammates with Grant Green during his junior year, playing second base during that time, and it was during that year that he really began to be noticed as a prospect. Once Green left, he established himself at shortstop, and after a solid summer that included being the MVP of the AFLAC All-American game, he was poised to be an early pick in the 2007 draft. However, he fell due to bonus demands and a lack of elite tools, and the Padres were unable to sign him as their tenth round pick. He headed to Fullerton, where he started immediately as their shortstop, putting up solid numbers from the beginning. He came into his own as a top prospect in the 2010 draft class with perhaps the best summer of any college prospect, continually hitting the ball hard with Team USA and playing excellent defense. However, he broke his leg at the end of Team USA’s season, and there were question marks about how he’d return this spring. After a slow start, he’s answered those question marks, and he should be a first round pick as either a solid shortstop or offensive second baseman. His tools are still not top-notch, but he has a plus hit tool, average power, average speed, an average arm, and plus defensive tools, making him an intriguing package. His advisor is Scott Boras, which could scare a couple of teams off, but he’s still expected to be an early pick that is signable for the neighborhood of slot money.