Christian Colon Tracker

CHRISTIAN COLON
SS, Cal State Fullerton
Age: 21
Born: May 14, 1989
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Class: Junior
Level: NCAA Division I

Advisor: Scott Boras

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The Battle for Number Two
All Christian Colon Posts

SCOUTING REPORT
Baseball America considers Colon the best pure hitter in the college draft class, and lists him as the number two position player behind Bryce Harper in their pre-season rankings.  There is a good reason for this.  Colon has been a great hitter in his two years at Cal State Fullerton, hitting for a .329 average and a .850 OPS as a freshman, and topping that as a sophomore with a .357 average and a .971 OPS as a sophomore.

Colon would be at the top of the rankings if it wasn’t for health concerns.  At the end of July, while playing for Team USA, Colon broke his tibia and fibula after an opposing player slid in to his leg at second base.  The injury sidelined him for several months, and raises questions as to how he will perform after the injury.  Those questions can be answered as the season goes on, and if Colon tops his 2009 results, he will likely shoot up the draft boards.  For now, it seems that people are being reserved with their rankings, similar to what we saw with Dustin Ackley at the beginning of the 2009 season.

Colon has some good power potential for a middle infielder.  Before his injury he was considered a candidate to play on both sides of the bag.  His arm strength has been in question by some scouts, but his range and footwork have been strong.  One thing to watch is whether his injury will affect that range.  If it does impact his range in a negative manner, he will likely have to move to second in his pro career, especially if his arm is more on the average side.  The more scouting reports I read on Colon, the more he sounds like a potential Freddy Sanchez type player.  Good gap hitter, makes good contact, doesn’t strikeout a lot, decent power for a middle infielder, not a lot of speed although maybe a bit more than Freddy, and strong defense up the middle.  He wouldn’t be a bad option to bat second in future Pirates lineups.

STATS

PREVIOUS DRAFT HISTORY
2007: Selected by the San Diego Padres in the 10th round, 327th overall pick.

    2010 DRAFT RANKINGS
    Baseball America: #10 Overall (2/14/2010)
    Jonathan Mayo: #19 Overall (2/2/2010)

    Author: Tim Williams

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