Colabello a shrewd daily league pickup
April, 4, 2014
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
Brian Kersey/Getty ImagesFor those in daily leagues, Chris Colabello can help you when he's facing a left-handed pitcher.The story of Minnesota Twins first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello is actually kind of interesting, one I followed during the past year due to my investment in one of my deep teams. The Massachusetts native played for most of his 20s in the independent Can-Am League before finding work with the Twins organization in 2012 at age 28. He ended up with the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats, and I was able to see him several times due to their close proximity to ESPN's headquarters in Connecticut.
Colabello wasn't a prospect but one of many unremarkable right-handed power hitters seeking opportunity, and players of this ilk do possess value in the major leagues and in the fantasy world. Last season he made his big league debut with the Twins and didn't hit much, and this winter it was reported he would take an offer to flee to Korea. He did not, and he made the Twins. On Thursday Colabello, who I admit to be rooting for, hit two doubles and knocked in six runs in an exciting 10-9 win over the Chicago White Sox.
It's likely that few fantasy owners enjoyed Colabello's outburst, but for those in daily leagues, consider yourself warned. Colabello is going to keep playing against lefties.