The Reds have selected the contract of infielder Christian Colon, the club announced and C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic was among those to cover on Twitter. Colon, the fourth overall pick of the 2010 draft, will join the active roster for the final two weeks of the season.
It has been a few years since Colon has seen the majors. The 30-year-old carries a .252/.315/.315 batting line in 386 total plate appearances, all compiled between 2014 and 2017 with the Royals and Marlins.
Odds are, the Reds will put the 40-man roster to another use once the season was over. But Colon will help fill in for the time being. And he certainly earned the call-up with a strong showing this year at Triple-A Louisville.
Through 582 plate appearances this year at the highest level of the minors, Colon slashed .300/.372/.443 with ten long balls and 24 steals along with a 58:57 K/BB ratio. That’s good for a 110 wRC+. He was also an above-average hitter at Triple-A last year and has always graded well in the field, so perhaps there’s still a chance for a bit of a late-career renaissance for the former top Kansas City farmhand.