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Chris Colabello named International League MVP and Rookie of the Year

Chris Colabello named International League MVP and Rookie of the Year

by Derek Wetmore
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Twins farmhand Chris Colabello has been named the 2013 International League's MVP and Rookie of the Year, the league office announced Tuesday. The league's managers, coaches, media and club representatives chose the award.

Colabello, 29, currently leads the International League with a .352 batting average, a .427 on-base percentage and a .639 slugging percentage over 89 games for Rochester. His 24 home runs are fifth in the International League and his 76 RBIs rank third.

The first baseman has also played 31 games for the Twins, racking up 103 plate appearances, in which he has hit .204/.282/.344 with nine walks and 32 strikeouts. He is currently on the Twins Major League roster, and at this point, could stay until rosters expand on Sunday. He has played mostly outfield, but as also served as designated hitter and filled in at first base. He was recalled on August 20 when Joe Mauer was added to the seven-day concussion disabled list.

If Colabello does not return to Rochester in the season's final week, his .352 average will be the highest for a Red Wings slugger since Royle Stillman hit .354 in 1973 and the highest by a Red Wings batting champion since George Puccinelli (.391) in 1932, according to the team.

He's the fifth Red Wings player in team history to earn both honors in the same season. The others are infielder Rich Dauer (1976), outfielder Roger Freed ('70), outfielder Merv Rettenmund ('68) and infielder Mike Epstein ('66).

Colabello started the Triple-A All-Star Game as the top vote-getter for the International League in online fan balloting. He twice earned Player of the Week honors and earned Twins Minor League Player of the Month honors in May and again in June.

The Twins signed the right-handed hitter as a minor league free agent before the 2012 season, after he played seven seasons in the independent Can-Am League. Colabello was the 2011 Independent League Player of the Year and finished runner up for 2012 Eastern League MVP.

Red Wings manager, Gene Glynn, finished second in Manager of the Year voting to Durham's Charlie Montoyo.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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