May 22, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT
For the second time this week the Twins have called up a player they signed out of an independent league.
First it was reliever Caleb Thielbar and now it’s first baseman Chris Colabello, who signed with the Twins last year after dominating in the Canadian-American Association.
Colabello is 29 years old and wasn’t all that impressive at Double-A in 2012, hitting .284 with an .828 OPS, but after playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic he moved up to Triple-A this season and hit .358 with 12 homers in 46 games.
Our own Matthew Pouliot highlighted Colabello yesterday for having one of the 20 highest OPS totals in all of the minors and while his getting a chance because of Trevor Plouffe‘s post-concussion symptoms is unfortunate Colabello is still a helluva story.
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