Zack Collins
26-Year-Old DHDH
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Collins made the White Sox's Opening Day roster, but with Yasmani Grandal and James McCann holding down the fort behind the plate at the major-league level, he played sparingly before being optioned to the alternate site in late August. Collins was not recalled down the stretch but did make the playoff roster. Collins' primary strength is plate patience and there is still some hope he develops power. However, the lack of a minor-league season curtailed those efforts along with depriving Collins a chance to work on his defensive. With McCann signing with the Mets, Collins has an opportunity to win the backup catcher job with a strong spring. If he does, Collins will be in play in points and OBP leagues given his ability to take a walk. Catcher eligibility would come quickly, but beware Collins is UT-only in many leagues again on draft day after he made five of his nine appearances at DH in 2020. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#595
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$Signed a one-year contract with the White Sox in February of 2021.
Appears in both doubleheader games
DHChicago White Sox
May 15, 2021
Collins went a combined 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored while playing in both ends of Friday's doubleheader against the Royals.
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Collins entered the first game after Yasmani Grandal moved to first base for an injured Jose Abreu (face), then as scheduled caught all seven innings in the nightcap. The young catcher has made better contact of late, going 7-for-18 with four extra-base hits and five runs scored over the last eight games.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+54%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+21%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+100%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .447 40 4 1 5 0 .139 .225 .222
Since 2019vs Right .687 141 14 4 13 0 .192 .312 .375
2021vs Left .599 14 2 1 3 0 .154 .214 .385
2021vs Right .724 48 5 1 3 0 .220 .333 .390
2020vs Left .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020vs Right .310 17 1 0 0 0 .067 .176 .133
2019vs Left .376 25 2 0 2 0 .136 .240 .136
2019vs Right .751 76 8 3 10 0 .203 .329 .422
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+39%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+89%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .524 86 8 0 4 0 .164 .291 .233
Since 2019Away .728 95 10 5 14 0 .193 .295 .434
2021Home .656 31 4 0 0 0 .222 .323 .333
2021Away .735 31 3 2 6 0 .185 .290 .444
2020Home .495 11 1 0 0 0 .111 .273 .222
2020Away .000 7 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019Home .435 44 3 0 4 0 .135 .273 .162
2019Away .823 57 7 3 8 0 .224 .333 .490
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Stat Review
How does Zack Collins compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.44
 
BB Rate
12.9%
 
K Rate
29.0%
 
BABIP
.265
 
ISO
.185
 
AVG
.204
 
OBP
.306
 
SLG
.389
 
OPS
.695
 
wOBA
.310
 
Exit Velocity
84.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
44.4%
 
Barrels/PA
8.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Collins can take a walk and has big raw power, demonstrating those skills with a 16.9 BB% and 19 homers in 88 games for Triple-A Charlotte last season. There are reasons for pessimism, however, with his small-sample rookie struggles (.186/.307/.349 in 102 plate appearances) representing just one of them. When factoring in defense, he is at best third on the catching depth chart behind Yasmani Grandal and James McCann, and Seby Zavala lingers as another big-league ready option. The White Sox have said all the right things about Collins' defense behind the plate, but actions speak louder than words, and their actions say that Collins will be competing for at-bats at designated hitter this year. After making 14 starts at DH compared to only 10 behind the plate in 2019, he's UT-only to begin 2020, and it might take a while for him to add catcher eligibility in season, if he adds it at all.
Collins has massive raw power, walks a lot and is reasonably close to the majors (134 games at Double-A), but the rest of his profile is pretty unappealing. He might end up as a below-average defensive catcher with a below-average hit tool, and that simply won't translate into significant playing time on a competitive big-league team. Current White Sox brass selected Collins with the 10th overall pick in 2016, so they have every incentive to try to make it work with him behind the dish. He has never posted an OBP lower than .365 above rookie ball and has enough raw power to hit 20 homers in 400 PA, so he could be a serviceable option in many formats if Chicago does give him significant playing time in 2019 or 2020. However, giving him starts over a no-offense/all-defense catcher would hurt them in the standings. If Kenny Williams and Rick Hahn want to win games, Collins may languish in the upper levels of the minors.
The gap between Collins' projected value in OBP leagues and standard rotisserie leagues is sizable. His best batting average above rookie ball is .258, when he had by far his highest BABIP (.333), yet he has notched an OBP of .418 or better at two of his last three stops. He is probably a little too patient at this point, regularly flirting with, and occasionally eclipsing a 20 percent walk rate. The plus power is real, as he finished third in the Carolina League in ISO (.220) and tied for third in home runs (17). If he could tap into that power a little more regularly, he would project as a top-10 fantasy catcher, assuming, of course, that he sticks at catcher. He has the arm for the position, but he is a below-average receiver, which could end up forcing a move to DH. The best-case scenario would be Yasmani Grandal-level production at catcher, while also getting starts at DH. The worst-case scenario is that he gets moved to DH full time, where he may not be very useful in standard formats.
Collins was selected in the first round of the 2016 draft out of the University of Miami, and the White Sox aggressively pushed the 21-year-old to High-A. The polished catcher more than held his own, notching almost as many walks (33) as strikeouts (39) over 36 games played at High-A Wilmington. Collins also clubbed six home runs en route to a slash line of .258/.418/.467. His professional approach at the dish and significant power potential make him one of the top catching prospects in the game, although there are some questions as to whether he has the overall defensive prowess to stay behind the plate long term. A move out from the catcher position would damper his fantasy potential a tad, but Collins' bat should play just about anywhere.
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Knocks homer in win
DHChicago White Sox
May 8, 2021
Collins went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's 3-0 win over the Royals.
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Strong day at plate
DHChicago White Sox
April 25, 2021
Collins went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Sunday's 8-4 win over the Rangers.
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Average dropping
DHChicago White Sox
April 18, 2021
Collins went 0-for-4 in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Red Sox.
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Knocks in two in loss
DHChicago White Sox
April 8, 2021
Collins started at designated hitter and went 1-for-4 with two RBI in Wednesday's 8-4 loss to the Mariners.
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Shows off power in win
DHChicago White Sox
April 7, 2021
Collins went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's 10-4 win over the Mariners.
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