Minneapolis, Minnesota (May 22) -- Former Assumption baseball standout Chris Colabello '05 has been promoted to the Minnesota Twins, as announced Wednesday by the organization. Colabello will join the team in Atlanta as the Twins take on the Braves at Turner Field on Wednesday afternoon in the series finale. Following the Braves series, Minnesota continues its road trip with a four-game series in Detroit beginning on Thursday night.
Colabello is slated to bat sixth and play right field for the Twins on Wednesday.
Colabello becomes the first Assumption College player to appear in the majors and is the first player from a team that is currently a member of the Northeast-10 to appear in a league game and earn a spot on a major league roster.
A member of Assumption's 200-hit club, Colabello ended his Assumption career seventh on the all-time hits list with 202. His resume includes a three-home run game vs. the College of Saint Rose on May 5, 2002 as he is one of just five Assumption players to post a three-home run game.
Colabello started the season in Triple AAA Rochester and was the starting first baseman for the Red Wings. At the time of his promotion, he ranked third in the International League with a team-leading .358 average in 46 games. Colabello had just been named the Batavia Downs Racetrack and Casino International League Batter of the Week after hitting .586 in a seven-game stretch, getting at least one hit in every game.
He leads the International League in hits with 63, home runs with 12, total bases with 116, slugging percentage at .659 and OPS at 1.076. He is also second in the league in doubles with 17, second in runs batted in with 39 and fifth in total runs scored with 28.
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