- 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 baseman Mike 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)