Minnesota Twins’ Chris Colabello Takes Road Less Travelled To Show
The Minnesota Twins have promoted power-hitting first baseman Chris Colabello from their triple A affiliate Rochester Red Wings. Colabello took one of the unlikeliest routes to the majors, no big division one scholarship, no major league amateur draft or sexy signing bonus. Nope, this baseball foot soldier played 7 seasons in the Can-Am League, which in laments terms Indy ball.
Colabello and his journey to the show commenced in 2005 when he signed to play for the Worcester Tornadoes. The only familiar name on the roster was that of Manager and former catcher Rich Gedman, a veteran of 1033 games mostly all with the Boston Red Sox.
Colabello would toil in Indy ball for seven seasons an equivalent of 583 games spent riding buses to lesser known areas like Sussex, Brockton and Nashua chasing a childhood dream. The native of Framingham, Massachusetts would have a career year for the Tornadoes in 2011 batting .348 and dialling long distance 20 times in 92 games.
The Minnesota Twins took notice and signed Colabello to a minor league deal assigning him to their double A affiliate, New Britain Rock Cats in 2012. The 29-year old would not squander his opportunity impressing with a .284 average and 19 home runs in 134 games, good enough for another promotion and one step closer to a storybook ending.
Colabello began the 2013 season with the Twins Triple A affiliate Rochester Red Wings and once again let his stick do the talking. Colabello has been striking fear in opposing pitchers with a .358 average and 12 home runs to start the season leading to the call-up. Colabello currently sits atop the International League home run leaders and was named International League Batter of the week for the second time this season.
Colabello will now get the chance of a lifetime when he suits up for the Minnesota Twins taking the road less travelled to the show and proving dreams do come true.