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Zack Collins Selected 10th Overall by the White Sox

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Zack Collins selected 10th overall by the White Sox.

Zack Collins is a catcher from the University of Miami. The 21 year old prospect has been drafted before by the Cincinnati Reds in the 27th round back in 2013.  However, he turned to down the opportunity to continue at the University of Miami.

The 6’3″ 220LB catcher bats left and throws right, earlier this year he was expected to be a early second round pick however, due to his very impressive spring he has almost guaranteed a spot in the first round.

Zack has power and lots of it, Over his 170 game college career Collins has hit .321 AVG with 36 doubles, 35 homers and 151 walks in 577 at bats. Although many may doubt Collins hitting ability due to the college metal bat style of play, scouts have praised Collins for his hitting approach.

Collins has a very good strike zone judgement, and his bat speed and selectivity should transfer over very well to professional baseball. Scouts claim that Collins should adjust to pro pitching very fast.

Now the question lies in Zack’s catching behind the plate, although this season he has only given up 2 past balls this spring, many scouts still don’t believe that he will be able to catch at the professional level.

His mobility behind the dish is lacking and Collins has only thrown out 26% of baserunners stealing this past spring. All of these factors have lead many to believe that Collins may be shifted over to first base.

Zack Collins should be a solid option for the  at the plate and will likely be moved over to first base. The transition at the plate should be pretty seamless and lead to a valuable asset for the . If Collins works hard behind the plate he may be able to become a valuable option in a struggling market for catchers.

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