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Christian Anthony Colon
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Christian Colon was a first-round pick in the 2010 Amateur Draft, being selected 4th overall by the Kansas City Royals.

Colon moved a lot in high school due to his father's job. He was All-State in Texas as a freshman, then was a batting champion in Utah as a sophomore. He played for the USA in the 2005 World Youth Championship, hitting .517 for the Silver Medalists with 14 runs, second on the team (he was listed as Christian Rodriguez in the 2006 Baseball Almanac). He hit .417 as a junior in California and was All-County. He was MVP of the 2006 AFLAC All-American High School Baseball Classic after scoring 3 runs and stealing three bases to help the West win, 9-8. He batted .435 with 16 steals as a high school senior, again winning All-County. The San Diego Padres took him in the 10th round of the 2007 amateur draft but he opted for college.

The Puerto Rico native hit .329/.406/.444 as a college freshman, winning Freshman All-American honors from Baseball America (second team behind Rick Hague) and Collegiate Baseball. He set the Cal State Fullerton record with 21 sacrifice hits, third in NCAA Division I. He finished third in the Big West Conference with 59 runs (four behind leader Ryan Royster) and tied for the lead with 13 times hit by pitch.

Colon played for Team USA's college edition in 2008, hitting .263 while being their only player to appear in every game. He led the team with five steals and tied Fullerton teammate Josh Fellhauer for the most hits with 26. He hit .276/.363/.276 in the 2008 Haarlem Baseball Week while tying Giorvis Duvergel for fourth with eight hits. Hitting third in the Gold Medal game, he was 2 for 5 and was caught stealing once in a win over Cuba. In the 2008 World University Championship, he batted only .167/.250/.278 for the USA. In the Gold Medal game, he was 1 for 5 in the 1-0 win over Japan; he got the final assist, retiring Japanese star Keijiro Matsumoto on a grounder to short.

Colon batted .357/.442/.519 as a sophomore. He led the Big West Conference with 91 hits (tied with Ben Orloff) and 82 runs, was third in total bases (135) and times plunked (18) and was 6th in OBP. He tied for 7th in NCAA Division I in runs. While he lost All-Conference honors at SS to Orloff, he was named second-team All-American by Baseball America, behind Stephen Cardullo. He was 4 for 8 with a homer in the 2009 College World Series.

Christian became the first captain of Team USA's college edition in the summer of 2009. He hit .362 for the summer, leading the team in hits (34), slugging (.459), homers (5), RBI (37), runs (31) and steals (24 in 23 games) before breaking his leg in a slide. Baseball America named him the Summer League Player of the Year.

His junior year, he was hitting .358/.444/.630 through June 8 with 18 home runs, 70 runs and 67 RBI in 61 games. He made first-team All-Conference at shortstop finally. The Kansas City Royals made him the fourth pick of the 2010 amateur draft after Bryce Harper, Jameson Taillon and Manny Machado, the first player chosen from a four-year college.

Colon was signed by scout Scott Groot for MLB's recommended $2.75 million. He made his pro debut on June 29th for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, going 0 for 5. He hit .278 with three home runs and 30 RBI in 60 games. He follwed that with a slightly disappointing year in AA with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in 2011, hitting .257 in 127 games, with 8 homers and 61 RBIs. He then suffered a setback when he missed half of the 2012 season with an injury, but he improved to .289 in 73 games for Northern Arkansas. He also got a late promotion to the AAA Omaha Storm Chasers, where he hit .412 in 5 games. Also counting a rehabilitation stint with the AZL Royals, his batting line was .301/.376/.413. 2013 was spent at Omaha, where he hit .273/.335/.379, with 12 homers, 72 runs scored and 58 RBIs in 131 games while splitting time between shortstop and second base. However the Royals decided not to call him up that September and he was back at Omaha to start 2014.

Colon made it to the major leagues on July 1, 2014 when he went 0-for-2 in a 10-2 loss against the Minnesota Twins, coming in as a pinch-hitter and then staying in the game to play shortstop. He went 4 for 12 in 6 games before returning to the minors. In 88 minor league games that year, he hit .310 with 8 homers and 37 RBIs, showing he had nothing more to prove. He then came back to Kansas City to stay at the beginning of August. He was generally used as a utility infielder, but still batted .333 (15 for 45) with 5 doubles and a triple. The Royals made the postseason for the first time since the 1985 World Series, playing host to the American League Wild Card Game against the Oakland Athletics, and he was one of the game's unlikely heroes. The game went into extra innings, tied 7-7, when Christian was called in to pinch-hit for Terrance Gore in the 10th; Gore had come in as a pinch-runner for DH Billy Butler in the 8th. With Eric Hosmer on first and nobody out, Colon laid down a sacrifice bunt against A's closer Sean Doolittle to move his teammate into scoring position, but he was left stranded and the game continued. Oakland took an 8-7 lead in the top of the 12th, and Christopher came up again with one out and Hosmer on third base, courtesy of a triple. He hit a high chopper to third for an infield single, driving in Hosmer with the tying run. Alex Gordon popped out for the second out, but Colon stole second base, the seventh steal for the Royals in the game, a new postseason record, and he came in to score the winning run when Salvador Perez singled down the third base line, sending Kauffman Stadium into a frenzy.

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