Colon in good shape, hoping for long season in Majors

After big league debut last year, infielder suited for several positions with Royals

Colon in good shape, hoping for long season in Majors

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- It didn't take long for Royals infielder Christian Colon to realize that in order for him to become a better all-around baseball player, he'd have to become a much better racquetball player.

"I learned to move around a little bit, and it helped with that," Colon said. "I worked out all winter, twice a day. It was an all-day thing, and it wasn't the easiest, especially in California, with all the traffic to and from, but my family was very supportive."

Colon, selected No. 4 overall in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, made his big league debut last season and played in 21 games. A shortstop in college, Colon might be best suited for second base, but he could see playing time at shortstop and third base for the Royals when the regular season begins.

Colon's two-run double

He skipped playing winter ball in Puerto Rico to prepare for what he hopes will be a long season in the Major Leagues.

"I just worked out, worked on my body," Colon said. "I just continued to hit and take ground balls. I've lost about 10 pounds and gained some good weight. I'm able to move around better, and that's all I was looking for."

Colon hit .333 with five doubles and one triple for the Royals last season. He stole two bases and drove in six runs.

He hit a combined .310 with 19 doubles and a .798 on-base plus slugging percentage in 88 games in Double-A and Triple-A last season. He also hit eight home runs.

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.