Born: December 25, 1981
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 5th Round, 137th Overall, 2003
How Acquired: Minor League FA
College: Texas Tech Univ.
Agent: N/A


Colonel is a corner utility player who’s shown the ability to hit for average, with solid plate discipline and gap power, but who lacks the HR power that teams generally want in their corner players. He’s played third more than any other position, but he’s also spent time at first and the outfield corners, and a little at second. He’s served as an emergency catcher as well. He has decent defensive ability and fair speed. The Pirates signed him to a minor league deal for 2011. 

2003-04: Put up only middling hitting numbers in low minors.

2005-08: Had apparent breakout season in high A in 2005, posted only fair numbers in AA the next year, then followed with strong season while repeating the level in 2007. Had similar strong season in 2008. Should be remembered, though, that Colonel played in hitters’ environments in 2007-08.

2009: Named Rockies’ 28th best prospect by Baseball America prior to season, but regressed significantly from 2008, with power especially tailing off. Became free agent after season.

2010: Drifted through three organizations, then moved on briefly to independent ball. Hitting continued to regress.

Colonel’s most likely destination is Altoona, as Indianapolis will be overloaded with infielders. Hopefully, he can regain some of the form he showed in 2007-08.

Baseball Reference– Minors
2011: Minor League Contract
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2003
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2011
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3 (USED: N/A)
MLB Service Time: 0.000
June 5, 2002: Drafted by the New York Mets in the 9th round, 267th overall pick.
June 3, 2003:
Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 5th round, 137th overall pick.
June 6, 2003: Signed by the Colorado Rockies to a minor league contract with a $200,000 bonus.
January 21, 2010:
Signed by the Boston Red Sox as a minor league free agent.
April 4, 2010: Signed by the Toronto Blue Jays as a minor league free agent.
April 30, 2010: Signed by the San Diego Padres as a minor league free agent.
August 24, 2010: Signed by the Atlanta Braves as a minor league free agent.
March 1, 2011:
Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a minor league free agent.