The Cincinnati Reds have added infielder Christian Colon to the 40-man roster and are calling him up to the Major Leagues. The former 4th overall draft pick (2010) spent the entire year in Triple-A with the Louisville Bats this season. This was first reported by C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.

Last December the Reds picked up Christian Colon on a minor league free agent deal. He had big league experience over parts of four seasons, hitting .252/.315/.315 with the Royals and Marlins between 2014-2017 across 142 games.

With Louisville this year he had a quality season at the plate. He played in 136 games and had 582 plate appearances where he hit .300/.372/.443 on the season. He stole 24 bases, hit 37 doubles, 2 triples, and he had 10 home runs. Plate discipline was another area that he stood out, walking 57 times with just 58 strikeouts on the year.

On the defensive spectrum he played everywhere on the infield except catcher this season. Most of his time came at third base where he played in 105 games. He saw action in six games at first, seven more at second, and he played 15 games at shortstop. Oh, and he also pitched in a game, throwing 2.0 innings.

With Freddy Galvis’ knee possibly being a bit of an issue, calling up Christian Colon gives them another option to play around the infield if they need someone. At the plate he’s a guy who doesn’t have much pop in his bat, though with the juiced baseball he did show more power than he has in the past. But he is going to give a quality at-bat and he’s got good bat control. He’ll make contact plenty of contact if given the opportunity.

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7 Responses

  1. AirborneJayJay

    He deserved a call up. Will this require moving someone off of the 40-man roster? I didn’t think Colon was on the Reds 40-man roster. Freddy’s days in Cincinnati may be over.

    • Oldtimer

      Yep. I sat right next to his Dad at one of the Reds first ST games in February. Both are nice gentlemen. Colon looked good at SS that day.

      • paulrichjr

        Doug I would love to see a list of players that must be protected this winter and who you think absolutely will be on the 40 man. There seems to be a lot of fluff on it right now.

      • Doug Gray

        Tune in tomorrow and you’ll have at least most of that answer. Mailbag article addresses much of this.

  2. NPL

    About time.

    He deserved the call up more than Blandino.

    Both are mediocre hitting, non-prospect, utility infielders, but at least Colon has hit in the minors.