Colin D. Rea
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 5", Weight 220 lb.
- School Indiana State University
- High School Cascade (IA) High School
- Debut August 11, 2015
He began his professional career in 2011 with Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League, going 3-4, 2.21 in 15 starts. In 2012, he was 5-10, 4.11 splitting his time between the starting rotation (19 games) and the bullpen (12 games) for the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League. He started 2013 with the Lake Elsinore Storm of the California League, but had an 0-5 record and a 6.07 ERA in 15 games and was sent back to Fort Wayne in late June, where he put up a solid 2.09 ERA in 16 games. His combined pitching line was 2-6, 4.08. In 2014, he spent the entire season at Lake Elsinore and did well, ending up at 11-9, 3.88 in 28 starts. His 139 innings and 118 strikeouts were both career bests up to that point.
In 2015, Colin continued his progression with a minute 1.08 ERA in 12 starts for the San Antonio Missions of the Texas League. That earned him a promotion to the AAA El Paso Chihuahuas on July 3rd and an invitation to pitch for the United States team in the 2015 Futures Game. At the game, played at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH, he closed out the U.S.'s 10-1 win by pitching getting the final two outs in the 9th inning. With El Paso, he was 2-2, 4.39 after 6 starts when he got the call to the Show on August 11th. Starting against the Cincinnati Reds, he gave up 3 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings and was credited with the Padres' 11-6 win. He also singled off Michael Lorenzen in his first career at-bat to lead off the 2nd inning and came in to score on a double by Yonder Alonso. In all he made 6 starts with the Padres, going 2-2, 4.26 and pitching 31 2/3 innings.
Colin won a job in the Padres' starting rotation out of spring training in 2016. On May 5th, he pitched the best game of his young career against the New York Mets, holding them hitless over 6 2/3 innings until Yoenis Cespedes beat a defensive shift with an opposite-field single with two outs in the 7th. He then added a scoreless 8th inning before allowing a homer to Curtis Granderson to lead off the 9th. He was then replaced by Brad Hand, who gave up a two-run blast to Cespedes, but he still ended up getting credit for the Padres' 5-3 win. On July 29th, he was traded to the Miami Marlins alongside Andrew Cashner and Tayron Guerrero in return for Carter Capps, Jarred Cosart, Josh Naylor and Luis Castillo. He was 5-5, 4.98 at the time. However, he suffered an injury in his first start for the Marlins on July 30th. As there was uncertainty whether it was a new injury or the aggravation of an existing condition, the Marlins and Padres decided to re-work the earlier and on August 1st, Rea was shipped back to San Diego with one of the prospects who was part of the original deal, Luis Castillo, going back to Miami.