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2010 MLB Draft: New Royals SS Christian Colon Expected To Play Early

SB Nation's Royals Review has the full rundown on what you need to know about the newest Royal -- SS Christian Colon and the fourth overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft.

I hope the Royals sign Colon soon so he can get plenty of ABs in Wilmington or wherever they assign him.  I am somewhat hopeful he will sign in a timely fashion (he's a Boras client--so it may go down to 11pm August 14th--I was also hopeful they would sign Crow quickly--and I think Crow would be pitching much better if he had gotten more innings last year--but I digress).  I like that Colon has exceeded expectations everywhere he has gone.  He has very good on base skills and I think I've almost forgotten what its like to have a major league SS that can do that.  He should hit for average power with a good batting average and plenty of walks.  The biggest concern is his speed--I'm not sure if that is because of the break or not but Keith Law says his lack of speed doesn't affect his defense.

The consensus I've been reading is that he was selected because he's a "safe" pick. He should be able to play relatively quickly, which is what the Royals need.

One concern is that he's a Scott Boras client -- those are known for big salary demands so it'll be interesting to see when he actually signs.