Christian has been around the game since he was four years old. His father, Elfrin, spent countless hours with him at the field, teaching him the subtleties of the game.
Colon is the oldest of three boys. He was born in Puerto Rico, with his family moving to Waco, Texas when he was in junior high.
Colon began his prep career in Texas, earning all-state honors for Waco's Midway High as a freshman. When his father, who works in the pharmaceutical industry, got a new job in Utah, Colon earned all-state honors again as a sophomore at Taylorsville High in West Jordan, Utah. The family relocated again a year later, and Colon starred at Canyon High in Anaheim alongside future first-round pick Grant Green (who played shortstop as a senior while Colon played second base as a junior).
In 2006, Colon earned MVP honors at the prestigious Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic, and the Padres drafted him in the 10th round in 2007.
Christian says, "Growing up, I patterned my game after Roberto Alomar. I liked the way he played the game. I also learned from Derek Jeter's determination and confidence.
Colon first donned the stars and stripes for USA Baseball with the 16-and-under national team in 2005 and has played for three other national teams since. Colon was the lone returnee from the undefeated 2008 collegiate team. That wealth of experience, along with the respect Colon commanded in the USA dugout, prompted coach Rick Jones to name Colon the team's captain in the summer of 2009.
Colon committed to Cal State-Fullerton in 2007, his senior year a Canyon High School in Anaheim, California. Christian passed up the Padres offers after they chose him in the 10th round of the 2007 draft.
Christian is a savvy baseball player. He plays above his rather modest tools. When Colon's name comes up, scouts and coaches always bring up Colon's high baseball IQ, his instincts, or his leadership skills and confidence.
He gets the most out of the ability he has as a baseball player.
He is just a born winner who simply finds a way to get the job done. He is a born winner who is just loaded with intangibles. He is both a special player and a special person and a leader.
Late in August 2009, Baseball America named Colon as their Summer Player of the Year.
In 2010 in college, he hit .352 with 16 doubles, 16 home runs, 64 RBIs and 12 stolen bases as a junior.
In his college career, he struck out just 66 times in 751 at-bats, while walking 68 times in his college career.
June 2010: The Royals chose Colon as their #1 pick—the fourth pick overall, behind only Bryce Harper (Nats), Jameson Taillon (Pirates), and Manny Machado (Orioles).
Christian signed with K.C. via scout Scott Groot, for a bonus of $2.75 million.
Christian, known as C.C., speaks confidently and thoughtfully and with his bubbly personality, is instantly likeable. He makes people around him better.
In the spring of 2011, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Colon as the 6th-best prospect in the Royals' organization. He was at #11 in the spring of 2012. He was at #13 in the offseason before 2013 spring camps opened, then was down to #25 in the winter before 2014 spring training. They had him at #10 in the spring of 2015.
After Christian drove in the tying run in a tied game in April 2015, Royals manager Ned Yost said, "That's why we like Christian Colon. He's a solid player. He doesn't do anything flashy, but he's solid. And you just know when he's in the game, you're going to get good at-bats, smart at-bats. You're going to get solid defense."
Added third basemanMike Moustakas, "That was huge, what he did in the eighth inning. Being able to get a guy in, in that situation is huge. He also had the double earlier. He's a great player and it's nice to see him have some success right now." (Flanagan - mlb.com - 4/22/15)
May 16, 2017: The Marlins claimed Colon off waivers from the Royals.
Dec. 6, 2017: The Braves signed Colon to a Minor League deal.
May 9, 2018: Christian was released by the Braves.
May 18, 2018: Colon signed with the Mets organization.
- 2019: The Reds signed Colon to a minor league contract.
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|Draft:||Royals #1-2010--Cal St.-Fullerton|
Colon's best tool is his bat. He has power to the gaps, but not for very many home runs, yet. He makes good, hard contact and hits for a good average, however. So his bat is a plus tool.
He looks good at the plate with an impressive setup and center of gravity. His whole-field approach is geared to hit for average, but not much homer power.
Christian is one of those players whose knack for playing the game exceed his modest tools. He was the first player ever named team captain of the USA Baseball collegiate national team and was a key member of Cal State Fullerton’s 2009 College World Series team. He might be better known as the player the Royals drafted fourth overall in 2010 instead of Chris Sale.
Colon does not have anyone exceptional tool, but he is productive because he does everything well enough.
- Christian consistently makes hard contact to all fields and has excellent barrel awareness, allowing him to hit behind thd runner, hit-and-run and bunt effectively. (Aaron Fitt-Baseball America-August, 2009)
Colon has made a concerted effort to be more aggressive early in the count and choking up on the bat a bit in order to improve his bat speed and bat control. He does well in the #2 slot in the batting order.
He does not like to get fooled at the plate. He recognizes situations and he plays within himself.
- "His walks to strikeouts have always been outstanding," Royals scouting director J.J. Picollo said. "His batting average has always been high. He knows to lift the ball in hitters' counts. He's a smart player. I think he's got surprising power."
- Christian's hands work well, allowing him to hit the ball to the opposite field. He has a quick bat and a nice, quiet approach at the plate. He controls the strike zone well.
- As of the start of the 2017 season, Colon had a career batting average of .268 with 1 home runs and 25 RBI in 299 at-bats.
- Christian has a good middle infield glove, displaying solid athleticism and instincts for the game. But his range rates only average as a shortstop because he lacks quickness. But he has great hands. They are certain-sure.
He does a fine job at shortstop or especially at second base. His range is good, aided by his superb instincts for the game. However, he is limited with his range to his right.
- He has that aura of a player who is in control of what is going on. He doesn't make many flashy plays, but he is reliable and sure-handed.
- Colon has a strong arm and makes accurate throws, even from the hole at short. But he is more impressive at second base.
- He has soft hands.
- Christian is a very cerebral player. He makes his only-average tools above-average, especially as a second baseman. He is a guy whose baseball aptitude and feel for the game make his average tools play up.
- Christian has less than average speed. But he is a fairly good basestealer because of his ability to read pitchers and get a great jump. He is effective on the bases, both running and stealing, because of his impressive instincts.
- July 2009: Colon sufferd a broken fibula and tibia while covering 2nd base on a bunt when he received the throw frim the 3rd baseman in plenty of time to get the out and fire a relay to first base. It was in Team USA's penultimate game of the summer vs. Canada.
But the runner slid hard and late, colliding with Colon's shin. Colon suffered breaks in his fibia and tibia, forcing him to miss the title game of the World Baseball Challenge two days later. Both breaks were clean, and Colon was already walking around 15 days after the surgery, albeit with a limp.
- June 19-July 25, 2012: Christian was on the D.L. with a toe injury after he stepped ln a bat.
- August 14, 2012: Colon was on the D.L. for the rest of the season after being hit in the face, his right eye, with a foul ball off his own bat. He fractured his right cheekbone.
"It was a fastball inside," Colon said. "I was looking inside, so I opened up a little bit and committed myself and it turned out that I just fouled it off into my cheekbone, right underneath my right eye. They just put a little titanium plate in there and that's it."
He went to the operating table instead of returning to the batter's box.
- September 7-28, 2014: Christian was activated from the D.L. on the last day of the season. He'd been sidelined with a broken right middle finger.