Zack Collins
23-Year-Old CatcherC
Chicago White Sox AA
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with White Sox in June of 2016 that includes a $3.38 million signing bonus.
Leads minors in OBP
CChicago White Sox  AA
August 1, 2018
Collins leads the minor leagues in walks (87), on-base percentage (.408) and walk rate (21 percent), and has an .833 OPS in 96 games for Double-A Birmingham.
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Collins, the White Sox's top catching prospect, has made getting on base a signature since he was drafted in the first round of 2016. He may be focused too much on the OBP, which could negate the potential of plus power as he allows pitches he can drive pass by. Birmingham manager Ryan Newman told Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Tribune that Collins was being too selective earlier in the season, when the catcher was hitting below .200 in April, but has been better in that regard. "When he expanded, not the strike zone, but what he wanted to hit, that's when he really took off. He looks comfortable," said Newman.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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Rough start in 2018
CChicago White Sox  AA
April 15, 2018
Collins went a combined 1-for-5 with a solo home run and a walk in Sunday's doubleheader for Double-A Birmingham.
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Makes swing adjustments
CChicago White Sox  AA
January 29, 2018
Collins worked on fixing a hitch in his swing over the winter, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Receives spring invite
CChicago White Sox  AA
January 22, 2018
Collins has been invited to the White Sox's major-league camp this spring, James Fegan of The Athletic Chicago reports.
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Makes strides defensively
CChicago White Sox  AA
September 19, 2017
Collins finished the 2017 at Double-A Birmingham, posting an .893 OPS over 12 games with the Barons.
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Gets bumped up to Double-A
CChicago White Sox  AA
August 15, 2017
Collins was promoted from High-A Winston-Salem to Double-A Birmingham on Tuesday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
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