Full name: CHRISTOPHER ADRIAN COLABELLO...\CAHL-uh-BELL-oh\...2001 graduate of Milford (MA) High School... Attended Assumption College in Worcester, MA, graduating in 2005 (batted .361 in 2003 for the Greyhounds and .380 in 2004)...Father Lou Colabello played for Italy in 1984 Olympics...Participated in the 2016 Blue Jays Winter Tour.
Was the starting first baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays on April 3 at Tampa Bay and appeared in 10 games for the Blue Jays before being suspended 80 games on April 22 for violating MLB's Joint Drug and Treatment program after testing positive for Turinabol...Began a rehab assignment in Dunedin on July 13 and was designated for assignment and outrighted on July 23 when his suspension ended... He spent the last 40 games of the season at AAA Buffalo... Declared free agency on December 6.
Set career-highs in games (101), runs (55), hits (107), doubles (19), home runs (15), RBI (54), walks (22), strikeouts (96) and average (.321). • Seven of his 15 home runs this season either gave the Blue Jays the lead or tied the game. • Hit his first career triple October 2 at TB. • Had his 9-game hitting streak snapped 8/13 vs. OAK…Over those nine contests hit .462 (12-26)…Marked his 2nd streak of 9+ games in 2015 (18G, May 20-June 8). • Hit the game-winning shot in the 12th inning to break a 0-0 tie June 25 at TB. • Had a career-high 18-game hitting streak from May 20-June 8…Went 25-for-74 (.338) over those games…At the time it was the longest hitting streak by a Blue Jay since Scott Rolen in 2009 (25-GM). • Hit a walk-off two-run single to cap a three-run rally in the 9th inning on June 7th vs. HOU. • Recorded a career-high four hits May 6 vs. NYY…Collected back-to-back multi-hit efforts for the 1st time since April 17, 2014 vs. TOR. • Appeared in 23 games for Buffalo prior to making his TOR debut May 5 vs. NYY... Collectied two hits, including a double, and an RBI. • Five of his 11 hits in the postseason went for extra bases (3-2B, 2-HR). • Hit his second postseason home run in game five of the ALCS…It marked his first career home run on a 0-2 count. • His four multi-hit games through the ALDS and ALCS ranked T-3rd most in the AL behind Edwin Encarnacion & Alcides Escobar (5). • Had 11 hits in the postseason which were T-4th most on the club.
Participated in World Baseball Classic for Team Italy, hitting .333 (6-for-18) with two home runs and seven RBI in five games... Was an invite to Twins spring training and was reassigned to minor league camp March 17, reported to Triple-A Rochester... Named International League Player of the Week April 8 after hitting .600 (9-for-15) with two home runs, three RBI and six runs scored in four games... Named International League Player of the Week again during the week of May 20, leading the IL with 15 hits, a .586 average, 10 RBI, a .594 on-base percentage, and a 1.071 slugging percentage, hitting safely in all seven games played; nine of those 15 hits went for extra bases... Hit safely in 16 straight games May 9-June 5 with the Red Wings... Hit .425 (34-for-80) with 12 doubles, six home runs, 20 RBI and 15 runs scored in 20 May games with Rochester... Had contract selected from Triple-A Rochester May 22... Made Major League debut May 22 at Atlanta, batting sixth and playing right field, going 0-for-4... Recorded first major league hit May 25 at Detroit, singling off Doug Fister... Optioned to Triple-A Rochester May 29 when Trevor Plouffe was reinstated from 7-day disabled list...recalled and optioned two more times in a week span June 2-9... Played in Triple-A All-Star Game at Aces Ballpark in Reno, NV on July 17...was overall leader in the online fan balloting and elected as the starting first baseman for the IL squad...batted third in the game and went 1-for-3 with an RBI-double...at the time, was leading the IL in several categories including average (.360), slugging percentage (.655), OPS (1.085) and RBI (65); also ranked in the top three of several other statistical categories including on-base percentage (2nd, .431), extra-base hits (T-2nd, 41), total bases (2nd, 180), hits (T-2nd, 99) and home runs (3rd, 20)...participated in the IL Home Run Derby, but did not hit a home run... Recalled from Triple-A Rochester July 19... Recorded first career RBI, singling in Justin Morneau July 20 at Cleveland... Hit first career home run July 26 at Seattle, a two-run shot off Yoervis Medina in the 13th inning, breaking a 1-1 tie, giving the Twins the eventual 3-2 victory... Optioned to Triple-A Rochester August 16 when the Twins reinstated Ryan Doumit from the disabled list...recalled August 21... Hit first career two-homer game September 2 at Houston, including the game-winning grand slam in the top of the ninth, giving the Twins a 10-6 victory...it was one of three grand slams for the Twins in 2013...became the first player in Twins/Senators franchise history to hit two homers in a game, including a go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning-or-later... Led Twins minor leaguers in batting average (.352) and ranked third in home runs (24)...ranked first in all minor league baseball in slugging percentage (.639), third in batting average and sixth in on-base percentage (.427)... Named International League MVP and Rookie of the Year; fifth player in club history to earn both awards... Named first baseman on MiLB.com Twins organizational All-Star team... Named Triple-A Player of the Year, Minor League All-Star and Triple-A All-Star by Baseball America.
Named Twins minor league Player of the Week April 20, batting .381 (8-for-21) with two doubles, three home runs, eight RBI and sevenruns scored in six games. ... Hit grand slam and recorded season-high six RBI May 31 at New Hampshire. ... Batted .336 (38-for-113) with 11 doubles in 30 July games and .322 (37-for-115) in 30 August games...recorded 20-plus RBI in June (21),July (20) and August (20). ... Recorded 40 multi-hit games and 21 multi-RBI games. ... Led Eastern League in doubles (37), ranked second in RBI (98), fourth in runs scored (78) and tied for fourth in home runs (19). ... Led Twins minor leaguers in doubles, was second in games played (134) and RBI, third in runs scored, hits (141), home runs and totalbases (237). ... Named Eastern League MVP runner-up...named Eastern League Season-Ending All-Star. ... Named first baseman on MiLB.com Twins organizational All-star team. ... Played with Algodoneros de Guasave of Mexican Pacific League after the season, batting .332 (68-for-205) with 13 doubles, 17 home runs,44 RBI and 38 runs scored in 57 games. ... Named to 2013 Italy roster for World Baseball Classic.
Spent seventh season with Worcester of the Canadian-American Association, batting .348 (127-for-365) with 32 doubles, 20 home runs,79 RBI and 75 runs scored in 92 games...set a Can-Am record for extra-base hits in a season with 52...led league in slugging percentage (.600),OPS (1.010) and total bases (219), was tied for first in doubles (32), second in batting average (.348), hits (127), home runs (20) and RBI (79),and third in runs scored (75) and on-base percentage (.410)...named league's All-Star first baseman...awarded Can-Am League MVP and BaseballAmerica Independent League Player of the Year.
Spent sixth season with Worcester, batting .301 (95-for-316) with 13 home runs and 59 RBI...ranked eighth in Can-Am League in home runs.
Spent fifth season with Worcester, batting .302 (97-for-321) with 22 doubles, nine home runs and 55 RBI...played 58 games at third base,committing 21 errors (.860 fielding percentage).
Spent season with Worcester...named league's All-Star first baseman...set Can-Am League record for doubles (34) in a year...ranked firstin RBI (76), fourth in runs scored (71), fifth in batting average (.336) and sixth in home runs (16).
Split season with Worcester and Nashua...set Can-Am League records with 10 RBI and 13 total bases May 29...combined to bat .302(100-for-331) with 29 doubles, 13 home runs, 62 RBI and 64 runs scored in 91 games between Worcester and Nashua...was second in the leaguein doubles (29), tied for seventh in home runs (13), seventh in runs scored (64) and tied for sixth in RBI (62).
Attended Detroit Tigers tryout camp and signed; released 22 days later and rejoined Worcester...batted .305 (105-for-344) with 26 doublesin 90 games...tied for second in Can-Am League in doubles and ranked seventh in batting average.
Batted .320 (55-for-172) in 51 games for Worcester of Canadian-American Association.