While he would seem to have a path to semi-regular playing time in 2017 with Cameron Maybin shipped out of Detroit, it's difficult seeing Tyler Collins as a middle-of-the-order fixture. None of his skills have scouts or fans flipping off the charts with excitement. Being a left-hander who can play all three positions and acquits himself adequately against righties, Collins could stick in the majors long term as a fourth outfielder, but nothing in his scant MLB history (383 plate appearance) or more expansive minor league history (2280 plate appearances) suggests there's much more to his game. He'd be best served honing and maintaining his defense as he continues into his late-20s because it will keep him employed longer.
Collins is not in the lineup Saturday against the White Sox. With the White Sox sending southpaw Derek Holland to the mound, Collins will take a seat in favor of Andrew Romine in center field. Collins will look to stay hot when he returns to the lineup, as he is 7-for-12 with three RBI and four runs in his last three games played.
Collins went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and a run during Thursday's loss to Seattle. The 26-year-old outfielder has had a fleeting opportunity to hit second in the lineup, and he's taken advantage of it the past two games with a 6-for-8 run at the dish. Collins has never shown target-worthy potential at any stop in his professional career, so once Detroit returns to health, and he's bumped down the batting order, his fantasy value will take a hit.
Collins is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mariners, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. Manager Brad Ausmus will deploy an all-right-handed lineup against Mariners southpaw James Paxton, so Collins will give way to Mikie Mahtook, who starts in right field. Collins has seen most of his duty in center field lately with JaCoby Jones (face) on the disabled list, but should resume occupying the larger half of platoon in right field once Jones is healthy again.
Collins went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and two runs in Tuesday's 19-9 upending of the Mariners. Collins seems to be settling into the two-hole, at least when the Tigers face right-handers, but his fantasy upside remains highly questionable. The 26-year-old outfielder has never been a particularly exciting hitter at any level.
Collins will start in center field and bat second in Sunday's game against the Twins. Collins was already getting fairly regular playing time, but with JaCoby Jones (face) headed to the DL, he could see an uptick in at-bats. He's also in a good run-scoring spot in the lineup if he can find his way on base.
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