Zack Collins
25-Year-Old DHDH
Chicago White Sox AAA
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the White Sox in March of 2020.
Optioned to alternate site
DHChicago White Sox  AAA
August 28, 2020
Collins was optioned to the alternate training site Friday, LaMond Pope of the Chicago Tribune reports.
ANALYSIS
Playing time has been hard to come by for Collins, as he is essentially a designated hitter on a team with a healthy veteran (Edwin Encarnacion) playing every day in that spot. Nick Madrigal was activated from the injured list in a corresponding move.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+85%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+100%
OPS vs RHP
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .361 26 2 0 2 0 .130 .231 .130
Since 2018vs Right .668 93 9 3 10 0 .177 .301 .367
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
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+62%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+89%
OPS on Road
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .447 55 4 0 4 0 .130 .273 .174
Since 2018Away .725 64 7 3 8 0 .196 .297 .429
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
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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
0.40
 
BB Rate
11.1%
 
K Rate
27.8%
 
BABIP
.091
 
ISO
.063
 
AVG
.063
 
OBP
.167
 
SLG
.125
 
OPS
.292
 
wOBA
.147
 
Exit Velocity
86.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.4%
 
Barrels/PA
5.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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First hit of 2020
DHChicago White Sox  AAA
August 19, 2020
Collins went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Wednesday's 5-3 win over Detroit.
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Makes second straight start
DHChicago White Sox  AAA
August 8, 2020
Collins started at designated hitter and went 0-for-3 in Friday's 2-0 win over Cleveland.
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Replaces injured Encarnacion
DHChicago White Sox  AAA
August 5, 2020
Collins replaced an injured Edwin Encarnacion (shoulder) in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Brewers. He went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.
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Wins roster spot
DHChicago White Sox  AAA
July 24, 2020
Collins was added to the White Sox's Opening Day roster, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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Hits second summer home run
DHChicago White Sox  AAA
July 16, 2020
Collins went 1-for-2 with a home run in Wednesday's intrasquad game.
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