Zack Collins

Zack Collins sets to throw in the Carolina League All Star Game, 2017 (Photo provided to FutureSox by Michael Grennell)

Position: Catcher
Born: 2/6/1995
Ht: 6'3" Wt: 220  B-T: L-R
Acquired: Drafted 10th overall in the 2016 draft out of the University of Miami
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #1 - 2016 Midseason
  • #5 - 2017 Preseason
  • #9 - 2017 Midseason
  • #5 - 2018 Preseason
  • #6 - 2018 Midseason

FutureSox Media

Accolades

  • #89 Prospect in MLB, 2016 Midseason (MLB Pipeline)
  • #13 Prospect in Carolina League, 2016 post-season (Baseball America)
  • 3rd best power bat in the 2016 draft, per Baseball America
  • Best hitter for average in White Sox system, 2016 post-season (Baseball America)
  • Best power hitter in White Sox system, 2016 post-season (Baseball America)
  • Best strike zone discipline in White Sox system, 2016 post-season (Baseball America)
  • #56 Prospect in MLB, 2017 Preseason (Baseball America)
  • #81 Prospect in MLB, 2017 Preseason (MLB Pipeline)
  • #89 Prospect in MLB, 2017 Preseason (Baseball Prospectus)
  • Carolina League All Star, 2017 Midseason
  • Futures Game, 2017
  • #13 Prospect in the Carolina League, 2017 post-season (Baseball America)
  • #91 Prospect in MLB, 2018 Preseason (Fangraphs)
  • Best Strike Zone Judgment in the Southern League, post-season 2018 (Baseball America)

Scouting Report

Zack Collins mashed his way through his 2016 season at Miami and it lifted him all the way to the White Sox at the 10th overall pick. Playing in a very strong Atlantic Coast Conference, Collins terrorized pitchers with a .363/.544/.668 slash line and took twenty-five more walks (78) than he had strikeouts (53). After Miami's post-season run ended, Collins signed for slot on June 24th and was assigned to the AZL for a brief tune-up. The Sox promoted him to Winston-Salem on July 14th, and he finished there with a .258/.418/.467 line with 6 HR in 36 games, though also a somewhat high 25.5% K/PA rate. He missed some time during that period due to a concussion. Collins finished a long 2016 on the taxi squad of the AFL, where he hit .227/.393/.500 in limited action. In 2017, the narrative turned as he made big strides defensively but spending the first few months in Winston-Salem hovering around the .200 AVG mark, before getting hot and earning a late promotion to AA Birmingham. 2018 has been an adventure for Collins. His first 13 games (with Birmingham) were ugly at the plate (2 hits in his first 51 PA!!!), then he decided to pull back some (but not all) of the adjustments he made and went on a tear (1.088 OPS his next 30 games), before settling in between.

Collins has a strong overall approach at the plate and is considered to have an advanced bat, even with his streakiness and lower averages generally. Some load noise was a known issue in 2017 that Zack has been addressing this offseason and regular season. Solidly built, Collins has (at the minimum) above average power that some scouts feel comfortable projecting 25-30 home run potential. He controls the zone and has excellent plate discipline that gives him a high floor for his OBP. When he does swing, he possesses above average bat speed, but again he's slowed down by that load noise that he has been toying back and forth with. Collins was widely regarded as having the best bat in the entire draft, but the reason he was available at #10 was questions about his defense. Before the 2016 season, the majority of scouts were convinced Collins would not stick at catcher. However, Collins has improved his defense considerably to the point where it is realistic he could be a catcher at the big league level (though many still don't see it as the likely outcome). Collins has a strong arm, grading out to be average or a tick above. He lacks mobility and is occasionally out of position on balls in the dirt, and his receiving skills are a key focus for him right now. However, the White Sox believe he can stick at catcher and having his advanced bat with passable defense behind the plate would be a coup to his value. While his defensive leaps are a good thing, he will also need to work on his bat-to-ball skills to continue his ascent.

Major League Outlook: Offense-first catcher or DH/1B
ETA: Late 2019

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