At 31 years old, Chris had played a total of 114 MLB games, with a batting line of .214/.284/.364 with 13 home runs in 114 games. He was seen as someone that could play first or DH for Buffalo and not much else.
But, when Michael Saunders' knee didn't heal like the team had hoped and Dalton Pompey was sent out after a poor April, we had need for a left fielder. Chris wasn't a left fielder, but we called him up anyway.
He hit better than any of us could have imagined:
Year Age G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ 2015 31 101 333 55 107 19 1 15 54 2 0 22 96 .321 .367 .520 .886 142
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Baseball Reference credits him with a 0.7 WAR (really docking him points for his play on defense). Fangraphs had him at 0.8, again bringing his mark down a bunch for his play in LF, which really was the team's fault, not Chris'. That gave him a value of $6.7 million to the team.
He was pretty good in the playoffs too, hitting .282/.317/.513 with 2 home runs in 10 playoff games.
Chris had a .381 wOBA and a 142 wRC+.
Compared to his limited at bats in 2014, Chris walked a little less (6.1% from 6.4) and struck out a little less (2.57% from 30.0).
He hit many more line drives (25.2% from 13.7), fewer ground balls (47.9% from 52.5), fewer fly balls (26.9% from 33.8). And, of course, more of his fly balls left the park (23.4% from 12.8).
His BABIP was .411.
He hit LHP (.308/.364/.571) slightly better than RHP (.326/.368/.500).
He hit about the same on the road (.319/.358/.518) as at home (.323/.375/.521). Apparently he couldn't find the Man in White in the crowd.
And he was very good with RISP (.329/.387/.573).
His first half (.325/.371/.500) and second half (.315/.360/.551) were pretty similar.
Colabello by month:
- May: .368/.417/.568 with 4 home runs and 14 RBI in 25 games.
- June: .300/.330/.422 with 2 home runs and 15 RBI in 23 games.
- July: .224/.286/.429 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI in 17 games.
- August: .386/.413/.705 with 4 home runs and 10 RBI in 16 games.
- Sept/Oct: .309/.377/.527 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI in 20 games.