Player: Zack Collins
Height: 6’3 Weight: 220 Age: 25 Bats/Throws: L/R Current Level: AAA Charlotte
MLB.com Rank: 10th in White Sox System
Drafted: 2016, 1st Round, 10th overall by White Sox
Hometown: Pembroke Pines, FL
College: Miami (FL)
The White Sox drafted Zack Collins with their first round pick in 2016 (10th overall) and signed him for $3,380,600. The Sox loved both his power and his disciplined approach at the plate. He led all of NCAA Division 1 in walks in 2016 (78) on a team that made back-to-back College World Series appearances. Collins’ has continued his patient approach through the minors, but has struggled to improve some of his weaknesses. His batting averages have been low and his strikeouts numbers have been high. He reached Chicago for a brief stint in 2019; where he played in 27 games and hit .186 with 39 strikeouts, but he also hit three home runs suggesting that power is still there.
Collins has above-average raw power and strength; that much is clear. He also has a very patient approach at the plate (18% walk rate through his minor-league career). It might be too patient though; he takes hittable pitches and ends up with a high number of strikeouts (29%).
Defensively, Collins is below-average in a couple areas. His receiving and transfer skills have been regarding as areas of concern, while his arm is his strongest asset behind the plate (about a major league average arm). With the White Sox currently having Yasmani Grandal and James McCann at catcher and Jose Abreu and Edwin Encarnacion at 1st/DH, it could be hard for Collins to break into the current lineup, but he provides depth at both positions if injuries hit the Sox.
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