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Chris Colabello of Milford has signed an AA contract with the Minnesota Twins squad in New Britian, Conn.

Milford's Colabello Makes AA Roster
Milford native Chris Colabello went into Spring Training with the Minnesota Twins organization with one goal in mind, to make the AA squad in New Britain, Conn. The 28-year-old had signed an AA contract coming into the Spring, and did well enough to earn the job when camp broke. He began the season with the New Britain Rock Cats last weekend.
"Spring training was a grind and every day was imposing at first because I felt like I needed to impress people," he said. "As we moved along, it got a little more relaxed and I was able to do my thing and swing the bat well."
Colabello earned a reputation in the independent Can-Am League as a slugger, and the 6'4", 210 pound first baseman hit a couple of home runs during the spring. The first came in Port Charlotte, Fla. against the Rays and the latter at the Twins' home in Fort Meyers against the Red Sox.
"Once I hit those home runs, I started to feel a little more comfortable in the batters' box," he said.
The Red Sox typically funnel players from their major league roster to the minor league games during the Spring. Colabello got a hit off Rich Hill, a 6'5" lefthander from Milton, Mass., who has been in the majors since 2005. Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz were among the other Sox players who suited up in games in which Colabello was also playing.
"It was neat to be on the same field as those guys," he said.
With Spring Training over, now comes the challenge of earning regular playing time and the prospects of advancing within the organization. Colabello has been in a rotation through the first few games of the season, but did get the start at first base on Monday. He was also hitting in the cleanup spot, a familiar place in the batting order for him. Due to a little bad luck, he went the first three games without a hit despite hitting several balls hard and right at opposing fielders. He picked up his first AA hit with a single on Monday night. He admits the thought of moving up is in his mind.
"Anybody would be lying if they said (the thought of moving up) wasn't there, but at the end of the day it takes up a minimal part of what's going on," he said. "I am just grateful to be here in the first place so I am going to try to enjoy every moment and not look too far ahead. Just be in the moment as best as I can and just play the game."




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