Zack Collins
24-Year-Old CatcherC
Chicago White Sox AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Activated at Triple-A
CChicago White Sox  AAA
May 18, 2019
Collins (concussion) was activated from the 7-day injured list Saturday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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He missed a little over a week with a concussion. Collins is hitting .256/.370/.581 with seven home runs and 35 strikeouts in 24 games at Triple-A Charlotte.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Nearing return
CChicago White Sox  AAA
Concussion
May 13, 2019
Collins (concussion) is expected to return in around five days, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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Sidelined with concussion
CChicago White Sox  AAA
Concussion
May 9, 2019
Collins (concussion) was placed on the minor-league injured list Thursday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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Crushes fifth homer
CChicago White Sox  AAA
April 14, 2019
Collins went 1-for-4 with a solo home run for Triple-A Charlotte in Saturday's game against Indianapolis.
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Strong opener at plate
CChicago White Sox  AAA
April 5, 2019
Collins went 3-for-5 with two home runs and a triple in a 12-11 win over Triple-A Durham on Thursday.
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Heads to minor-league camp
CChicago White Sox  AAA
March 13, 2019
Collins was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday.
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