Out of sight, but not out of mind. Colabello can still hit

10/07/2017 6:43 PM - Devo

Chris Colabello was the feel good story everyone loves. An unsigned Independent league journeyman relegated to spending his days racking up huge numbers, never got the chance to prove he could hit big league pitching. When he finally did, we loved him for it, until we were hit with a bombshell.

Colabello had his coming out party with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015. he hit .321 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI and always seemed to get the big hit when they needed it. Unfortunately, one of the Jays most popular folk heroes tested positive for a performing enhancing substance. He was suspended for 80 games and ultimately this led to his free agency.

He's always proclaimed his innocence, but all in all he'll be dubbed a cheater and there's nothing you or I can do about that. What we can do is revel in the fact that despite the bump in the road, and tarnished reputation, Colabello has not given up on his dream of playing Major League Baseball.

Once he left the Jays, he signed with the World Series favourite Cleveland Indians (Triple A). Unfortunately, the career .295 hitter and 2013 International League MVP, never lived up to expectations and released by the Indians in July of 2017 after hitting .225 in 72 games.. He was picked up one week later by the Milwaukee Brewers who assigned him to Colorado Springs of the Pacific Coast League.

 

After he arrived, it was as if it was 2015 all over again. The .225 average in his first stint was forgotten. Colabello batted .301 in his last 44 games including hitting at a .410 clip over his last 10.

Now, I'm torn on how I see all of this. I've followed Colabello's career for many years and it's disappointing that it got derailed the way it did. If you haven't seen the Sportsnet interview with him you should. He's very open and honest, and it sure appears he had no idea how the foreign substance got into his system, but we'll never know. The die has been cast and there's no turning back, regardless of what he did or didn't do.

At 33 going on 34, he's by no means a spring chicken, but he can hit there's no doubt about that. He's done the time. Now it's time to give him his due.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here

 

American Association boasts an impressive leaderboard

10/02/2017 6:10 PM - Devo

With the American Association season under wraps, and the Winnipeg Goldeyes crowned as back to back AA champs, it's always fun to take a look at season ending standouts. This week we’re going focus on three offensive leaders; Shawn Pleffner, Jabari Henry, and Matt Chavez.

Former Washington Nationals draft pick, and current Goldeyes first baseman, Shawn Pleffner lead the AA with a .340 batting average (career high). To go with 10 home runs and 76 RBI, he crushed 30 doubles. His .897 OPS was also a personal best, and without a doubt, raised some eyebrows in the scouting world. Heck, a career .298 can’t be held in check forever.

Jabari Henry, outfielder for the Sioux Falls Canaries, led the league with 29 home runs. Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft from Florida International University, Henry’s known for his power. After a career year in 2014 with High A High Desert, his numbers took a drastic hit once promoted to Double A (.168 BA in 2015 and .213 in 2016). After resurgent 2017 that included a .401 OBP and .617 SLG, he’s once again shown all doubters what he can do.

Matt Chavez, the former Pacific Association MVP and current Wichita Wingnut, has been crushing it the past three seasons. To put this into perspective, his career batting average is .343, and over the last three seasons looks something like this; .383, .359, and .330. Consistently among the league’s best, Chavez puts up numbers like it's nobody’s business. Whether it’s the double digit home runs, OBP in the high .400’s, or two consecutive seasons with an OPS over 1.000, there’s no reason he can’t get an invite to spring training.

 
Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com. You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here
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