Was selected by the Royals in the first round (4th overall) of the June 2010 first-year player draft and was a member of their 2015 World Series championship team ... Was on the Royals' Opening Day roster for 3 straight years from 2015-2017 ... Has 2 career hits in the Postseason, both in the 12th inning of clinching games ... In the 12th inning of the deciding Game 5 of the 2015 World Series vs the Mets at Citi Field, his RBI-single produced the go-ahead winning run for the Royals ... In the 12th inning of the 2013 American League Wild Card game at Oak, produced an RBI-infield single that tied the game and then scored the go-ahead winning run for the Royals ... In 2011 and 2014 was an MiLB.com Royals Organization All-Star ... In 2013 was named Omaha's Player of the Year after helping the club to Pacific Coast League and Triple-A championships ... In 2012 was a Texas League All-Star and Northwest Arkansas' Player of the Year...that off-season, while playing for Ponce, was the Puerto Rico Winter League's Rookie of the Year ... In 2011, after his first full professional season, was an Arizona Fall League Rising Star.
Because of his father's job commitments attended 3 high schools, but graduated from Canyon High in Anaheim, CA...was Most Valuable Player of the 2006 Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic...was drafted by the Padres in the 10th round of the June 2007 draft but elected to attend Cal State-Fullerton...in 2008 at CSF, hit .329 and was named a freshman All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Rivals.com...as a sophomore, hit .357 with 8 HR and 40 RBI to earn Baseball America and NCBWA second-team All-American honors...in 2008 helped lead Team USA's national collegiate squad to a 24-0 record, including 8-0 at the FISU World Championships...follow on Twitter @C24Colon.
Spent the minor league season at Louisville, where he ranked among the International League leaders in games played (1st), times caught stealing (1st), stolen bases (2nd), hits (2nd), doubles (2nd), total bases (220, 10th), hitting (12th), on-base percentage (.372, 12th), extra-base hits (49, 15th), walks (T16th) and RBI (T17th)...Led the Bats in hitting, OBP (.372), hits, doubles, walks and stolen bases...Joined the Reds in Chicago on 9/16, after the roster was hit by injury and illness...Made 6 of his 8 apps for the Reds as a pinch hitter...in his other 2 apps pinch hit and remained in the game at 2B...reached base in 5 of his 8 pinch-hit plate apps (3h, 2hbp, 1rbi)...In the third inning of the 8-2 loss on 9/16 at Cubs, pinch hit in his first Major League appearance since 6/20/17 for Mia vs Wsh...was hit by Cole Hamels' first pitch and on Curt Casali's bases-loaded walk scored the Reds' first run of the game...In the 3-2 win on 9/21 vs NYM, pinch hit with 2 outs in the eighth inning and produced an RBI-single off Seth Lugo that snapped the 2-2 tie...was his first RBI since 9/15/16 for KC vs Oak...Was 1 of 3 minor league players with at least 35 doubles and 20 stolen bases, joining LAD's Jeter Downs (35 2B, 24 SB) and ChiA's Ian Dawkins (38 2B, 23 SB)...His 37 doubles were fourth-most in a season in Louisville franchise history and third-most in Reds affiliation history (Brady Clark, 41 in 2000; Raul Gonzalez, 39 in 2001)...Is 1 of only 3 players in Louisville history to record at least 30 doubles and 20 stolen bases in a season (Zack Cozart, 2010 & Brian O'Grady, 2019)...Had 12 sacrifice flies, a Louisville single-season record (11, Wladimir Balentien, 2010)...For the Bats played 1B (6g, 2gs), 2B (7g, 6gs), 3B (15g, 15gs) and SS (105g, 103gs)...Was a non-roster invitee to 2019 Major League spring training camp...wore #77 in Goodyear...Became a free agent but on 11/17 was re-signed by the Reds to a minor league contract with an invitation to 2020 Major League spring training camp.
Spent the season with the Class AAA affiliates of the Braves and Mets...in 98 apps at Gwinnett and Las Vegas combined to hit .288 with 29 extra-base hits, 41 RBI and 12 steals...in December 2017 was signed by the Braves to a minor league contract with an invitation to 2018 Major League spring training camp...began the minor league season at Gwinnett, where he made 16 apps until he was released on 5/9...on 5/18 was signed by the Mets to a minor league contract and spent the rest of the season at Las Vegas...became a free agent following the season...on 12/2 was signed by the Reds to a minor league contract with an invitation to 2019 Major League spring training camp.
Split the season between Kansas City and Miami, while also playing with the Marlins' Triple-A club in New Orleans…Hit a combined .160 (8-for-50) with no home runs or RBI in 24 games at the major league level... Started the season with the Royals after making his third consecutive Opening Day roster...Appeared in six games with Kansas City and hit .176 (3-for-17) before the club designated him for assignment on 5/10... The Marlins claimed him on 5/17 and he made his Miami debut the next day at LAD…Appeared in 15 games for the Marlins, going 5-for-33 (.152) and making eight starts at third base and two starts at second base... The Marlins designated him for assignment on 6/23 before outrighting him to Triple-A New Orleans on 6/27...Spent the remainder of the season with the Baby Cakes, compiling a .302 (45-for-149) average with a .379 on-base percentage in 49 games...Played shortstop, second base and third base for New Orleans
Made the Opening Day roster for the second straight season and appeared in 54 games, including starts at second base (29) and third base (10)...Had three stints with the Royals: Opening Day-May 18, June 8-Aug. 31 and Sept. 6-end of season...Hit his first home run in his 293rd career at-bat on Sept. 15 off Dillon Overton, a three-run shot…the three RBI set a career high…he's the first Royal to have his first homer be a three-run shot since Aaron Guiel on June 26, 2002...Hit .366 (15-for-41) through his first 14 road games but just .128 (5-for-39) on the road after that…he's a career .284 hitter away from home...Hit .317 (20-for-63) vs. AL Central opponents and just .167 (14-for-84) vs. everyone else…his career .314 average within the division is the best among Royals since 2014 (min. 150 at-bats)...Hit .294 (20-for-68) through June 29, but just .177 (14-for-79) after that...Had a .379 on-base percentage when leading off an inning…his career .412 OBP when leading off an inning ranks second among American League players since 2014 (min. 60 plate appearances)...Hit .290 (18-for-62) with nine of his 13 RBI in the seventh inning or later.
Made his first Opening Day roster and spent a majority of the first-half in the big leagues…however, he was optioned to Omaha on July 3 and didn't return to the Majors until September 1...Batted .290 with five doubles and eight runs scored in 43 games with the Royals…made starts at shortstop (14), second base (eight) and third base (six) during the year...Hit .333 (12-for-36) against left-handed pitching…also hit .318 (7-for-22) with a .444 on-base percentage when leading off an inning...Recorded a .316 batting average (25-for-79) vs. A.L. Central foes with four doubles and six RBI…victimized Detroit the most, hitting .390 against the Tigers...Went 11-for-24 (.458) during the month of September…that included his first four-hit game on September 20 at Comerica Park...Made one appearance in the 2015 postseason, delivering the go-ahead RBI single in the 12th inning in Game 5 of the World Series...Has two career postseason hits, both of them coming in the 12th inning… in the 2014 Wild Card Game vs. Oakland he drove in the tying run with an infield single and came around to score the winning run.
Christian made his Major League debut on July 2 and had three separate stints with the Royals...He also played in 86 games at Triple-A Omaha...Collected three hits twice with Kansas City, including on July 4 at Cleveland...With two doubles and a triple in that game, he became the second Royal to record 3 extra-base hits in their first Major League start, joining Mark Quinn who hit two homers and doubled vs. the Angels on September 14, 1999...He also recorded three hits, a run scored and his first steal on August 14 vs. Oakland...Fractured the distal tip of the middle finger on his right hand on September 2 vs. Texas and was placed on the disabled list September 17 (retroactive to Sept. 7)...Activated from the 15-day D.L. on September 28, and went 2-for-2 with a two-run double in the season-finale at Chicago...Hit .311 (107-for-344) with 18 doubles, 8 homers, 55 runs scored and a .366 on-base percentage at Omaha...Batted .337 (28-for-83) with 4 doubles, a homer and 12 runs scored, earning his first call-up June 30...Collected three hits in a game nine times, while he recorded his first multi-homer game July 17 vs. New Orleans...Batted .319 (61-for-191) with a .435 slugging percentage (10 doubles, 4 homers) away from Werner Park.
Christian was named Omaha (AAA) Player of the Year by the Royals organization, spending the entire year with the Storm Chasers... Ranked eighth in the Pacific Coast League with a career-high 140 hits...also set career highs in games (131), at bats(512), runs scored (72), homers (12) and total bases (194)... Helped lead Omaha to PCL and Triple-A Championships, going 6-for-27 (.222) with two doubles, a homer and four runs scored in the postseason... Following the season, hit .284 (25-for-88) for Ponce in the Puerto Rican Winter League.
Christian had a solid second full season of professional baseball and was both a Texas League All-Star and named Northwest Arkansas Player of the Year by the Royals organization...Was promoted to Omaha (AAA) in August and hit .412 in five games before having his season end prematurely due to a right eye injury suffered on a foul tip...Following the season, batted .301 with 26 runs scored in 39 games with 13 stolen bases in 17 attempts for Ponce in the Puerto Rican Winter League and was named the league's Rookie of the Year.