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20 Chris Colabello RF
Height/Weight: 6-4/220 | Birthdate: 10/24/1983 | Birthplace: Framingham, MA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 7/3 | Average Draft Position: 181.47
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Chris Colabello nails second tater in three games


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) The Twins are trying to catch lightning in a bottle for the second time this season with third baseman Chris Colabello - and they're catching it.

Colabello ran his hitting streak to three with a double and two-run homer in the loss to the Yankees. He has two blasts and four RBI since his promotion from the minors.


Chris Colabello starting Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Twins outfielder Chris Colabello is in the lineup Friday against the Yankess, his first appearance in the majors since May 23.

Colabello was recalled to replace Joe Mauer on the active roster earlier in the week, after spending a month and a half at Triple-A Rochester. He hit .275/.347/.473 in 36 games in the minors. 


Report: Chris Colabello back up with Twins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Early-season surprise Chris Colabello has been promoted to the Twins, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, which has reported that he joined the team for the Wednesday afternoon clash against visiting Kansas City.

Colabello, who had been sent down on May 25, had 27 RBI in April before a 0-for-22 slump motivated his demotion.


Chris Colabello, Chris Herrmann sent down to Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) The Twins optioned outfielders Chris Colabello and Chris Herrmann to Triple-A Rochester following Sunday's loss to the Giants in San Francisco, the Star Tribune reports.

Colabello was in the midst of an 0-for-22 slump after starting the season with a sizzling .295/.343/.484 slash line in April. Herrmann had just five hits in 40 at-bats.

Chris Colabello about to be odd man out in Minnesota?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) With Twins outfielders Oswaldo Arcia and Josh Willingham set to rejoin the roster Monday, manager Ron Gardenhire didn't exactly give a ringing endorsement Sunday to Chris Colabello, who is mired in a 0-for-22 slump and is batting .110 in his last 20 games.

"He's not swinging very well right now," Gardenhire said, per the Pioneer Press.


Hitters to sit in Week 8


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/17/2014) Planning on starting Josmil Pinto, Juan Francisco, Brandon Phillips, Martin Prado, Jonathan Villar or Chris Colabello in Fantasy Week 8 (May 19-25)? You might want to think twice about that.

I have them all as "sits" in the latest Start and Sit Hitters. Find out why by clicking here.


Chris Colabello benched Friday against Seattle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Twins outfielder and April phenom Chris Colabello is out of the lineup for the Friday game against the visiting Mariners.

Colabello will get more time off if he continues to hit like he has since May 9. He is hitless in 18 at-bats since then and hasn't had a multi-hit game since April 23. His average has dropped from .346 to .238 during that stretch.


Chris Colabello benched for Wednesday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) The Twins have given slumping right fielder Chris Colabello the night off for the game Wednesday against visiting Boston. Eduardo Nunez is set to man the position.

The talk of baseball in April has fallen on hard times as his average has fallen to .248. He is hitless in his last 13 at-bats and hasn't achieved a multi-hit game since April 23.


Chris Colabello slams two-run double in loss to Indians


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) Twins surprising first baseman Chris Colabello has slumped off since a torrid start, but has remained productive at times. One of those times was in the sixth inning of the game Thursday in Cleveland when he slammed a two-run double to put his team on the board.

Colabello has exactly one hit in each of his last six games, but hasn't had a multi-hit game since April 23 and has just eight hits in his last 51 at-bats to lower his average from .346 to .271. He is still among the American League leaders in RBI with 30.


Chris Colabello sitting Game 1


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Twins outfielder Chris Colabello is not in the team's starting lineup for Game 1 Thursday.

Colabello will be replaced by Sam Fuld in right field. He's hitting .295 through 95 at-bats to open the season. He should make an appearance for Game 2. 


Chris Colabello delivers big night Wednesday to key 12-inning win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Twins designated hitter Chris Colabello went 2 for 6 with a home run and four RBI in his team's 6-4 win over the Rays Wednesday.

Colabello knocked a two-run home run in the fourth inning to tie things up at two. His next hit came in the 12th inning, with his single bringing home two runs and leading the Twins to a win. He has been excellent in the first few weeks, hitting .346/.386/.577 with three home runs and an AL-leading 26 RBI in 78 at-bats.


Chris Colabello reaches base three times Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Twins outfielder Chris Colabello reached base three times Thursday against the Blue Jays.

Colabello struck out in his first at-bat, but turned things around quickly. He walked, then singled in his next two at-bats. In his fourth chance, Colabello struck against Todd Redmond, hitting a two-run double. 

Colabello finished the game 2 for 3, with one run and one RBI.


Chris Colabello drives in three in two-hit night Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Twins outfielder Chris Colabello went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBI in his team's 10-1 win over the Royals Friday.

Colabello has been excellent in the first two weeks of the season, overcoming an 11:1 K:BB ratio to hit .308/.341/.513 with one home run and 14 RBI in 39 at-bats. He's the coleader in RBI in the majors along with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu.


Chris Colabello worth a second look


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/7/2014) If you play in a deep enough Fantasy league, you're probably already familiar with Chris Colabello. He was that independent league standout who reached the majors at age 29 last year only to look like he belonged in an independent league, hitting .194 in 160 at-bats.

But of course, he didn't do all of his damage in an independent league. In between his stints in the majors at Triple-A Rochester last year, he hit .352 with 24 home runs and a 1.066 OPS in 338 at-bats. Clearly, it doesn't get much better than that.

You need look no further than Kila Ka'aihue to know the Quadruple-A player is real, but given how different Colabello has looked to begin this season, I get the feeling we prematurely labeled him such. He was living a dream last year, getting a chance to play at a level he probably thought he'd never reach. Maybe he was nervous. Maybe he wanted so badly to prove he belonged that he never allowed himself to get comfortable. Just because he's 30 doesn't mean he's immune to all the mental hurdles we'd halfway expect to trip up a rookie.

Colabello has hit cleanup for the Twins since their third game of the season, so they never lost confidence in him. His minor-league numbers are obviously too good to be true, but since they don't put clear limits on the upside, he's a worthwhile gamble. In leagues deep enough that Justin Smoak and Lucas Duda are already owned, consider putting in a claim.


Chris Colabello continues recent tear with four-RBI game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Twins first baseman Chris Colabello recent success continued on Sunday, as he plated four runs in a 10-7 win over the Indians in Cleveland.

Colabello drove in a run on a fielder's choice in the third, singled in another run in the fourth and ripped a bases-clearing double in the sixth. He finished 2 for 5 with a run scored and four RBI. He has gone 6-for-18 with three doubles, one home run, four runs scored and 11 RBI over his last four games played.

Chris Colabello plates six of Minnesota's 10 runs in win over White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Twins first baseman Chris Colabello put together another strong performance on Thursday, driving six runs in a 10-9 win over the White Sox in Chicago.

Colabello, who batted cleanup, lined a bases-clearing double in the third inning and cranked two-run double in the fifth inning. He also scored a run on a ground out in the seventh inning. He finished 2 for 5 with six RBI. He has five hits over his first 10 at-bats, three of them have been doubles.

Chris Colabello set to bat cleanup on Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Shifts in the Twins lineup have placed first baseman Chris Colabello in the cleanup spot Thursday against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.

The new lineup that elevated Joe Mauer to the second spot and Josh Willingham third allowed Colabello to bat fourth. Colabello, who has played only against southpaws, is off to a strong start in 2014 with three hits in five at-bats.


Chris Colabello ready to battle for spot on Twins' bench


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2014) While Twins first baseman Chris Colabello could have made more money had he signed a deal to play in South Korea, he didn't want money to be the main reason for heading overseas, according to the Pioneer Press.

"A lot of people have told me: 'This is an opportunity you can't pass up,'" Colabello said of playing in South Korea. "I don't think I've ever chased money in my life. Why start now?"

Colabello will be battling for a spot on the Twins' bench this spring. The opportunity to make the major-league roster was enough for him to turn down the more lucrative overseas offer.

"For me, in my heart, what it came down to was I want to pursue this to the fullest extent, whatever that means," Colabello said. "I think I owe it to the Twins, I owe it to myself and I owe it to my family to do that. I didn't want to have any regrets."


Chris Colabello rejects Korea offer


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2013) Twins first baseman Chris Colabello has rejected an offer to play in the Korea Baseball Organization, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The Twins have reportedly been in discussions with at least one KBO team to send Colabello to South Korea for a buyout that could have been upwards of $1 million. Colabello hit .352/.427/.639 with 24 home runs and 76 RBI in 338 at-bats at the Triple-A level last season.


Twins considering sending Chris Colabello to Korea


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2013) The Twins are having discussions with at least one Korea Baseball Organization league team about sending first baseman Chris Colabello to Korea for a buyout fee that could be upwards of $1 million, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Colabellohit .194/.287/.344 with seven home runs and 17 RBI in 160 at-bats with the Twins during his rookie season. He enjoyed a breakout season in Triple-A, however, hitting .352/.427/.639 with 24 home runs and 76 RBI in 338 at-bats.

The Twins are looking to clear a 40-man roster spot after agreeing to a contract with catcher Kurt Suzuki.


Chris Colabello adjusting to Joe Mauer news


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/14/2013) With former catcher Joe Mauer now locked in as the Twins' starting first baseman in 2014, Chris Colabello will have to find some other way into the lineup. He played 11 games in right field last season, but to help compensate for his lack of experience at the position, he has been working with strength coach Austin Wasserman to improve his flexibility and mobility, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"Joe moving to first probably isn't the best thing for my opportunity to start the year as the opening day first baseman," Colabello said. "If anything, it's just a little bit more motivation for me to improve other things."

He has also worked to shorten and simplify his swing this offseason after hitting .194 with seven home runs and a .631 OPS in 160 at-bats in the majors. The 30-year-old hit .352 with 24 homers and a 1.066 OPS in 338 at-bats in the minors.

"As it got to toward the end of the season, in August and September, I felt like my swing was not the same as it was in March and April," Colabello said. "Whether that was a product of the way I was being pitched in Triple-A or the big leagues or being a little run down, I'm not sure."


Chris Colabello wins game with grand slam


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2013) Twins first baseman Chris Colabello was the hero on Monday afternoon in Houston. Colabello hit his second home run of the game in the ninth inning off Chia-Jen Lo for a grand slam, the first of his career.

Colabello, who homered twice and has six on the year, drove in five runs in total on the afternoon as his grand slam gave the Twins the 10-6 victory.

Colabello finished 2 for 5 in the game and is batting just .193 on the season over 114 at-bats. That said, he's gone 3 for 9 in his last two contests and is showing plenty of signs of life after his first two-homer game.

Chris Colabello called on to replace Joe Mauer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) The Twins recalled outfielder Chris Colabello from Triple-A Rochester Tuesday, to take Joe Mauer's spot on the active roster after he was placed on the disabled list.

Colabello hit .221/.302/.372 in 29 games without the Twins before being demoted last week. 


Twins demote Chris Colabello


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2013) The Twins have optioned first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello to Triple-A Rochester, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. In 29 games, Colabello hit .221/.302/.372 with four home runs.

Chris Colabello continues power surge


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2013) Twins outfielder Chris Colabello homered for the second time in three games Friday, in a 7-5 win over the White Sox.

Colabello opened the game with a solo home run in the second inning. He finished 2 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout, while scoring once and driving in one run.  

Colabello has hit all four of his home runs since returning from the minors in late July. In fact, all four have come in his last 11 games, and he is hitting .273 in that span, compared to just .200 for the season overall.