Prospect On Deck: Catcher Zack Collins-White Sox
Catcher Zack Collins was a leader on the University of Miami baseball team. Although the Hurricanes fell short of their College World Series’ dreams, the Florida native still had a memorable month of June.
On June 9, 2016, the twenty-one year old’s big league dreams became even more of a reality as he was drafted 10th overall by the Chicago White Sox in the First Round of the MLB Draft.
Collins officially signed with the Chicago White Sox on June 24, 2016 and was first assigned to the Rookie League AZL White Sox. But, on July 14, 2016, after just three games in Arizona, Zack Collins was assigned to the Class-A Advanced Winston-Salem Dash of the Carolina League.
In his first game with Winston-Salem on July 15, Collins went 3 for 4 with a homer and 3 RBIs. Since joining the Dash, he has hit two, three-run homers and has a .350 batting average in twenty at-bats.
His power and talent both at the plate and behind it, is nothing new. Collins had a very successful career at the University of Miami which included earning the “ACC Freshman of the Year” honors as he hit an impressive .298 that season. It only went up from there as he went on to hit .302 in his sophomore season and then .363 with sixteen homers and 59 RBIs, earning the Johnny Bench Award this past season. The Johnny Bench Award is presented to the best catcher in all of NCAA Division I baseball.
Although his statistics are just a small sample window of Collins’ pro-ball career as of now, it does show promise that he can use the success he had at the collegiate level and use it to help him gain ground in the pros and make a name for himself.