The Royals have optioned infielder Christian Colon to AAA Omaha and have purchased the contract of infielder Dusty Coleman. Colon was hitting .244/.306/.295 in 86 plate appearances. The former first-round pick is hitting .276/.331/.366 in 135 career Major League plate appearances but the 26-year old has been unable to crack the starting lineup despite Omar Infante's struggles. The Royals have been rumored to be underwhelmed by Colon's defense, and his bat has really yet to take off this year, although his starts have been sporadic.
The #Royals have sent Christian Colon down because they "want him to play every day." That's the reason I was told last night.— Clubhouse Convo (@royalsclubhouse) July 3, 2015
Colon has made just four starts since the beginning of June.
Dusty Coleman is a 28-year old career minor leaguer who has yet to make his Major League debut. The right-handed hitter was drafted in the 28th round by Oakland in 2008 out of Wichita State, and was picked up by the Royals in the off-season as a minor league free agent. Coleman was hitting .303/.383/.469 with 7 HR 35 RBI between AA Northwest Arkansas and AAA Omaha. Coleman has played primarily shortstop in his professional career, but has experience at second and third as well. He was named to the Pan American team for play this July, but his promotion likely takes him off that team.
After 743 career minor league games, welcome to the big leagues, Dusty.