Beavers Add Colonel

Former Rockies and Blue Jays prospect Christian Colonel has been added to the Portland Beavers’ roster, filling the spot vacated by the since-promoted Lance Zawadzki.

Colonel is a utility player with experience at first base, second base, third base, left field, and right field. He is a third baseman by trade.

Colonel, 28, hit a collective .285/.355/.427 from 2003-2009 in the Rockies system, and was off to a .368/.429/.395 start for Toronto’s AAA Las Vegas affiliate before being released last week.

He’s hit as many as 17 homers in a season, but is more of an 8-14 homer guy with gap power. While Colonel is versatile defensively, he isn’t exceptional at any of his five positions.

We are talking about a guy who hit .308.360/.478 in Triple-A two years ago, and was hitting .368 thus far this year, so Colonel is certainly worth a Triple-A roster spot. With just average power, speed, and defense, however, there isn’t much to recommend him for the majors, particularly at age 28. The Padres have a good amount of corner depth already–Colonel adds to that, but shouldn’t really bump anyone down the depth chart.

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  • David Martin

    Colonel is a very good player. He probably would have seen time in the big leagues had he not been blocked at third base by Garrett Atkins and Ian Stewart. The guy is a hard worker and would work his tail off if he gets a shot in the big leagues. I wish him the best.

  • Nathaniel Stoltz

    I don’t see him as more than a RH pinch-hitter and occasional corner utility guy in the majors, sort of a poor man’s Jeff Baker, but there are worse players who have had long careers.

    As for the work ethic, can’t speak to that. Hope it’s true–you can’t help but root for guys like that.

  • joel bate

    Saw him play opening day in las vegas for the toronto farm club. He is a very gifted fielder and a good hitter. He should have a shot at filling a big league roster spot. He is a fine young man and “gets it.” I hope he gets a shot as he is a fine representative of the game.