Zack Collins
Chicago White Sox – No. 21
Catcher
Born: (1995-02-06) February 6, 1995 (age 26)
Pembroke Pines, Florida
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 19, 2019, for the Chicago White sox
MLB statistics
(through 2021)
Batting average.195
Home runs7
Runs batted in38
Teams

Zachary Allen Collins (born February 6, 1995) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Amateur career

Collins attended American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida, along with high school and college teammate Brandon Lopez.[1] He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 27th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft but did not sign; instead, he attended the University of Miami, where he played college baseball for the Miami Hurricanes.[2]

As a freshman at Miami in 2014, Collins played in 61 games and hit .298/.427/.556 with 11 home runs and 54 runs batted in (RBIs).[3] He was named the ACC Freshman of the Year and was Baseball America's Freshman of the Year.[4][5] As a sophomore in 2015 he played in 66 games, hitting .302/.445/.587 with 15 home runs and 70 RBIs.[citation needed] After the 2015 season, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[6] In his junior year, Collins batted .363 with 16 home runs and 59 RBIs, and his 78 walks were the most in college baseball. He won the Johnny Bench Award.[7]

Professional career

Collins was drafted tenth overall in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft by the Chicago White Sox.[8] After signing, he made his professional debut with the Arizona League White Sox and was promoted to the Winston-Salem Dash after three games.[9] He was named a Carolina League All-Star with the Dash.[10] Collins ended 2016 with a combined .244 batting average with six home runs and 18 RBIs in 39 games between both teams. After the season, the White Sox assigned Collins to the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League (AFL).[11] He spent 2017 with both Winston-Salem and the Birmingham Barons, posting a combined .224 batting average with 19 home runs and 53 RBIs in 113 games in total between the two clubs.[12]

Collins spent the 2018 season back with Birmingham where he was named to the Southern League All-Star Game, winning the Southern League Home Run Derby.[13] He finished the year batting .234 with 15 home runs and 68 RBIs in 122 games.

He began 2019 with the Charlotte Knights.[14] On June 18, his contract was purchased and he was called up to the major leagues for the first time.[15] Collins debuted as pinch hitter against the Cubs where he drew a walk in his only appearance that game. His first major league hit was a three-run home run versus the Texas Rangers on June 21, 2019. Overall with the 2020 Chicago White Sox, Collins batted .063 with no home runs and 0 RBIs in 9 games.[16]

On April 14, 2021, Collins caught the 20th no-hitter in White Sox history, which Carlos Rodón pitched.[17]

References

  1. ^ Kurtenbach, Dieter (June 5, 2013). "American Heritage's Zack Collins' bat coveted in MLB Draft". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  2. ^ Villa, Walter (April 20, 2016). "GSA Spotlight: Miami's Zack Collins". Golden Spikes Award. Archived from the original on April 24, 2016. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  3. ^ Miller Degnan, Susan (February 12, 2015). "A powerful path to Hurricanes stardom for Zack Collins". Miami Herald. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  4. ^ Navarro, Manny (June 30, 2014). "Canes slugger Zack Collins talks making Team USA, becoming sixth player in UM history to be named Baseball America's Freshman of the Year". Eye on the U. Miami Herald. Archived from the original on July 13, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  5. ^ Fitt, Aaron (June 30, 2014). "College Freshman of the Year: Collins Living a Dream Playing for Hurricanes". Baseball America. Archived from the original on July 9, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  6. ^ "Zack Collins - Profile". pointstreak.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  7. ^ Richardson, Shandel (July 1, 2016). "UM catcher Zack Collins wins Johnny Bench award". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  8. ^ Merkin, Scott (June 9, 2016). "White Sox draft catcher Zack Collins at No. 10". MLB.com. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  9. ^ Rubenstein, Alan (July 16, 2016). "White Sox Prospect Zack Collins 3-4 in W-S Debut". Southside Showdown. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  10. ^ "Four Dash players named CL All-Stars". MiLB.com. June 12, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  11. ^ "Glendale Desert Dogs Active Roster". MLB.com. Archived from the original on October 10, 2016. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  12. ^ "Zack Collins Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  13. ^ Rogers, Joey (June 19, 2018). "Barons' Zack Collins wins Southern League Home Run Derby". WIAT. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  14. ^ RotoWire Staff. "White Sox's Zack Collins: Strong opener at plate". CBSSports.com. Retrieved November 17, 2021.
  15. ^ Thompson, Phil (June 18, 2019). "White Sox call up catcher Zack Collins and reinstate pitcher Jace Fry". chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  16. ^ "Zack Collins Stats, Fantasy & News". MLB.com. November 16, 2021. Retrieved November 17, 2021.
  17. ^ Merkin, Scott (April 14, 2021). "Zack Collins catches Carlos Rodón no-hitter". MLB.com. Retrieved April 15, 2021.