As you may have picked up from the headline, the White Sox have selected Zack Collins, a catcher from the University of Miami, with the No. 10 overall pick.
Spend less time and attention focusing on the value that the position implies. 2080 Baseball’s Mauricio Rubio said Collins has a nominal chance to stick at catcher, and while the Sox are likely to commit to giving him a chance there at the start, he is being drafted for his bat.
It’s a good bat, and a loud one. The six-foot, two-inch 21-year-old hit .358/.534/.631 with 13 home runs in 57 games in his junior year at Miami, and has plus natural power with a hit tool that grades out at average according to both Rubio and Baseball Prospectus’ Chris Crawford.
His athleticism is less exciting and first base is the most likely final destination for him once the catching dream is set aside, but for a system lacking anything resembling a polished potential above-average lurking around, Collins and his advanced plate approach are the cure.
With Carson Fulmer struggling in Double-A, Rubio says Collins slides in immediately at the second-best prospect in the White Sox system.
Shoutout to Tim Anderson for the White Sox avoiding the embarrassment of having their draft pick immediately becoming their best prospect.
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