This past offseason, Chris Colabello received an offer to go overseas and play in South Korea. Instead, he decided that he’d stay here and go to spring training and see if he could be a major league player. He made the 25 man roster out of spring training and has exceeded expectations so far.
In 23 games, Colabello has batted .308/.351/.505 with 3 homeruns, 27 RBIs and 11 runs scored. That’s a far cry from his 2013 campaign where in 55 games he batted .194/.287/.344 with 7 home runs, 17 RBIs and 14 runs scored.
Right now, Colabello is on pace to have 190 RBIs this season, one behind the record held by Hack Wilson, who drove in 191 runs for the Chicago Cubs in 1930. What’s even more remarkable is that Colabello is currently on pace to hit only 21 home runs this season. When Wilson set the RBI record, he hit 56 home runs.
What has helped Colabello to drive in all of those runs is the players that bat ahead of him in the lineup. Trevor Plouffe, who’s batted third most of the season has an on base percentage of .419. Joe Mauer, despite having a unlike Mauer batting average of .266, has a on base percentage of .378. And there’s Brian Dozier who typically leads off who has an on base percentage of .354.
When Colabello bats with runners in scoring position, he’s batting .345 with 20 RBIs and 2
home runs. When there’s a runner on first base, Colabello is batting .409 with 6 runs batted in.
Logic has it that Colabello’s success probably won’t continue at the current rate it is. Teams will eventually pitch him differently if they haven’t already. Not only that, the players that bat in front of him in the lineup will also eventually have a slump.
As it stands now, Colabello is poised to have a sucessful season, The potensial is there for him to have a record breaking season in the RBI category once he starts hitting more home runs. and even if he does cool off, Colabello will still have a solid season.