Alumni Chris Collabello earns six RBIs on Opening Day
Former Greyhound outfielder Chris Colabello is making marks in Major League Baseball. On Thursday, April 3, the now Minnesota Twins outfielder had a career-high six RBIs and doubled twice in the Twins 10-9 victory over the Chicago White Sox. He is 5-for-10 with three doubles to open the season.
This is the kind of production Minnesota needs, especially in the middle of their lineup. Colabello batted third Thursday and fifth on Opening Day.
Born in Framingham, Mass., Colabello spent his youth in Italy and played in the Rimini Baseball Club. Coming back to the States, he then graduated from Milford High School in Milford, Mass. before becoming a Greyhound.
Colabello graduated from Assumption in 2005 and went undrafted and unsigned after his senior season ended. While many players in his situation would use their degree to pursue a career, he chose to continue baseball and pursue professional play.
The Worcester Tornadoes, a former local team in the independent Canadian-American League, signed Colabello. Following the season, the Detroit Tigers invited him to their Minor League camp. After 22 days of training, Colabello came back to Worcester to play for the Tornadoes in hopes for another shot in the future. He played for seven seasons in the Can-Am League (both with the Worcester Tornadoes and Nashua Pride) before earning another chance with a Major League organization.
In those seven seasons, Colabello left a mark as one of the most prestigious hitters in the league’s history, setting records for hits, runs, doubles and RBIs.
In 2012, Colabello joined the Twins organization and hit .284 with 19 home runs and 98 RBI while playing for their Double-A affiliate in New Britain, Conn. He started the 2013 season in Triple-A Rochester, N.Y., hitting .385 with 12 home runs in 46 games before being promoted to Minnesota. Colabello made his debut in the major leagues on May 22, 2013.