The Marlins have added another piece to their backup outfield mix, but they still haven't found the missing link for their fourth spot. Tyler Colvin signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training, giving the organization a left-handed-hitting option with big league experience.
In three seasons with Clemson University, he amassed a .315 batting average (210-for-667) with 54
doubles, seven triples, 20 home runs and 142 RBI in 186 games...led the team with a .356 batting average, 100 hits, 22
doubles and 171 total bases in his final year as a junior...ranked second on the team with 13 home runs and 70 RBI...graduated from North Augusta (S.C.) High School in 2004.2012Spent the entire 2012 season in the Majors with Colorado as a versatile player that saw time at all three outfield positions and first base, as well as appearing all over the lineup...he made 12 starts at leadoff, 14 starts at 2nd, two starts
at 3rd, four starts at 4th, 29 starts at 5th, 24 starts at 6th and 12 starts at 7th in the Rox lineup. Set career-highs in AB (420), runs (62), doubles (27), triples (10), extra-base hits (55), RBI (72), average (.290), OBP
(.327) and SLG (.531). Colvin ranked in the top-5 on the team in the following categories (Min. 300 PA's): runs (4th), hits (4th), doubles (4th),
triples (2nd), home runs (18, 3rd), XBH (2nd), RBI (2nd), batting average (5th) and SLG (1st). He ranked tied for 5th in the NL in triples, one of two Rockies with double-digit triples (Fowler 11 triples)...his .531 slugging percentage was the 7th-highest in the NL among players with at least 400 at bats. Set career-highs in hits and RBI on 6/28 vs. WAS by going 4-for-6 with a triple, a home run with 5 RBI...had two multiHR games, 6/9 vs. LAA and 7/6 at WAS...on 7/6 hit both HR off Strasburg. Had a career-long 10-game hit-streak 9/22-10/2, during which he batted .375 (15-for-40) with 5 doubles and 7 RBI. Hit .336 (39-for-116) with 58 RBI with runners in scoring position in 2012. Had two lead off home runs (6/12 vs. OAK, 8/27 vs. LAD), and two pinch-hit home runs (5/1 vs. LAD, 9/11 vs. SF).2011Tyler had three stints with the Cubs after breaking camp with the Major League club...he batted .150 (31-for-206) with
eight doubles, three triples, six home runs and 20 RBI in 80 games for Chicago...Began the year with Chicago before he was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on 5/17... also saw time with the Cubs, 5/31-6/14
and 7/28 through the end of the season...Saw action primarily in right field, playing 44 games there (35 starts)...played 10 games in left field (four starts), eight
games in center field (eight starts) and four games at first base (two starts)...Had a season-high three hits, 8/2 at PIT, going 3-for-5 with a double, home run and RBI...Started seven of the club's first 10 games, but was hitting just .113 (7-for-62) when he was optioned on 5/16...Started 4/5-6 at first base when Carlos Peña had an injury...his start on 4/5 was his first career appearance at first base...4/18 vs. SD hit a walk-off, 10th-inning pinch-double to give Chicago the 1-0 victory...Recalled to Chicago, 5/31, after 12 games with Iowa...hit .260 (13-for-50) with five doubles, two triples, one home run
and eight RBI in his 12 games for the Iowa Cubs...Optioned back to Iowa on 6/14...was hitting .256 (52-for-203) with seven homers and 32 RBI in 50 games for Iowa when
he was promoted, 7/28...In Pittsburgh on 8/3 was 3-for-5 and hit his third homer of the season, a 451-foot blast that one-hopped its way into the
Allegheny River...was just the 29th ball to ever reach the Allegheny.2010Tyler batted .254 with 20 home runs and 56 RBI in 135 games for Chicago, breaking camp with the big league club for the first
time in his career, four years after he was selected by the club in the first round of the 2006 draft.
... His 20 homers are fourth-most by a Cubs rookie, surpassed only by Billy
Williams (25 in 1961), Walt Moryn (23 in 1956) and Geovany Soto (23
... The 20 blasts ranked second among N.L. rookies, behind only Florida's
Mike Stanton (22 home runs) ... his 43 extra-base hits were tied for sixthmost
among Senior Circuit rookies.
... Missed the final two weeks of the season after a broken bat struck him
while going down the third base line in the second inning, September 19
w Was hospitalized for pneumothorax (collapsed lung) at Jackson
Memorial Hospital in Miami ... placed on the 15-day disabled list,
... All told, appeared in 135 games, including 54 as a pinch-hitter, pinchrunner
or defensive replacement.
... Appeared at all three outfield positions: had 55 games in left field (23
starts), 18 in center field (14) and 59 in right field (44) ... the team was
40-41 in his 81 starts.
... Recorded 20 multi-hit affairs, including four career-high three-hit
contests, last done July 18 vs. Philadelphia.
... Posted a .315 average (34-for-108) in his first 59 games, April 5-June
18, before batting just .228 (57-for-250) in the final three months (76
... Hit .487 (19-for-39) with three homers and eight RBI when putting an
0-1 pitch in play.
... Hit his first career home run off Atlanta's Tommy Hanson, April 8 at Turner
... Hit his first career pinch-homer, May 28 vs. St. Louis, a fifth-inning solo
shot off Chris Carpenter.
... Batted a monthly-best .333 (9-for-27) with two homers and six RBI in 23
games in May (four starts).
... Committed a career-high two errors in an inning, June 15 vs. Oakland
... Collected a career-high four RBI, June 27, against the White Sox.
... Recorded his first-career multi-homer game, July 4, going 2-for-4 with a
pair of homers and three RBI vs. Cincinnati.
... Between June 15 and July 4, belted six homers and 16 RBI in 19 games.
... Posted a career-high eight-game hitting streak, July 23-31, going
9-for-29 (.310) with five walks, six runs, a double, two triples, three
homers, four RBI and a 1.205 OPS during the run.
... Hit lead-off homers in consecutive games, July 23-24, the first Cub to do
so since Alfonso Soriano, May 13-14, 2008 vs. San Diego.
... Hit his 20th homer of the season September 15 in St. Louis, a gamewinning
three-run shot in the seventh off Chris Carpenter.2009Tyler had an outstanding year at the plate with Double-A Tennessee, earning him a September call-up and major league debut
with the Cubs.
... All told, appeared in six major league games, batting .176 (3-for-17)
with two walks, a run and two RBI.
... Selected from Double-A Tennessee September 21 and made his major
league debut that night vs. Milwaukee, starting in center field... Recorded his first career hit, run and RBI ... hit a sac fly in his first
big league plate appearance in the first ... singled to right in the
third for his first major league hit (off Braden Looper).
... Robbed Ryan Braun of a ninth-inning homer September 22.
... Following "Tommy John" surgery on his left elbow in November of 2008,
began the campaign with Single-A Daytona and combined to hit .286
(120-for-419) with 18 doubles, nine triples, 15 homers and 60 RBI in
116 games with Daytona and Tennessee.
... Hit .250 (28-for-112) with 18 runs, five doubles, two triples, a homer
and 10 RBI in 32 games with the Daytona Cubs before he was called-up
by the Smokies, May 31.
... In 84 games at Tennessee, hit .300 (92-for-307) with 51 runs, 13
doubles, seven triples, 14 homers and 50 RBI ... he led the club in triples
... With Tennessee, recorded a season-high 17-game hitting streak, August
14-September 1, going 27-for-66 (.409) during the stretch.
... Was named Southern League Hitter of the Week for the period of August
24-30 and Topps Player of the Month for August, as selected by league
managers ... he led the league with a .379 (39-for-103) batting average
and 22 RBI for the month.2008Batted .256 (138-for-540) in a career-high 137 games with Double-A Tennessee ... also had a career mark with 11 triples... Hit .291 (52-for-179) following the Double-A All-Star break after hitting
.238 (86-for-361) in the first half.
... Was 5-for-12 (.417) with two homers and 17 RBI when batting with the
... Had a season-high seven-game hitting streak, August 13-20 ... batted
.412 (14-for-34) with two homers, seven RBI and six multi-hit efforts in
... Underwent "Tommy John" surgery on his left elbow in November.2007Tyler split the season between Single-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee ... combined to bat .299 (147-for-492) with 16 home
runs and 81 RBI in 125 games.
... Began the season at Daytona, where he led the team with 24 doubles
and finished second with 50 RBI and a .514 slugging percentage despite
leaving the team due to promotion in mid-June.
... Batted .329 (24-for-73) in 21 April contests ... had a season-high sevengame
hit streak April 19-27... Produced another seven-game streak June 4-10.
... Had a .369 average (24-for-65) with runners in scoring position and 41
RBI for the Daytona squad.
... Had 20 multi-hit outings at Daytona, including eight games with three or
... Named to the Florida State League All-Star team ... started the game in
... Promoted to Double-A Tennessee June 20.
... Batted .324 (34-for-105) in 28 home games for the Smokies compared
to a .268 mark (38-for-142) on the road.
... Batted .200 (4-for-20) with two RBI in five divisional playoff games for
Tennessee ... three of his four hits were doubles.2006Tyler finished the season tied for second in the Northwest League with 53 RBI, while his 11 home runs were tied for fourth ... he
was tied for third with 29 extra-base hits and 50 runs scored, and his six triples were tied for first.
... Hit his first career grand slam August 27, knocking in a season-best four
runs - three days later, hit another grand slam in a stretch that saw him
hit six homers in five games, including a two-homer game September 1
vs. Tri-City... He had 14 RBI in those five games.
... He hit safely in 17 of 18 games, July 12-29, going 32-for-76 (.421) during
... Named the Northwest League Player of the Year by Baseball America.