Collins went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's 3-0 win over the Royals.
Collins' fifth-inning solo shot gave the White Sox a lead they would never relinquish. It was the second homer of the season for the 26-year-old catcher/DH, who is batting just .220 over 41 at-bats.
Collins went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Sunday's 8-4 win over the Rangers.
All three of Collins' hits were singles, but it was his third-inning walk that got him on base before he scored on a Nick Madrigal triple. Collins has one home run, five RBI, three runs scored and a .206/.289/.324 slash line across 38 plate appearances. He entered Sunday in an 0-for-15 skid.
Collins went 0-for-4 in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Red Sox.
Collins showed some promise early in the season, but he's mired in an 0-for-13 hitless streak that has dropped his batting average to .143. The White Sox are pleased with the developments he's made defensively behind the plate, but that could come at the expense of his offense.
Collins started at designated hitter and went 1-for-4 with two RBI in Wednesday's 8-4 loss to the Mariners.
Collins made his second straight start and has a home run and five RBI in the two games. He started at catcher Tuesday and gave the hot-hitting Yermin Mercedes a breather at DH on Wednesday. If or when Mercedes falls back to earth, Collins could be in line for consistent DH work, particularly against right-handed pitching.
Collins went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's 10-4 win over the Mariners.
Collins opened up the scoring in the second when he took Nick Margevicius deep to right field to give the White Sox an early 3-0 lead. The 26-year-old later roped a double into the gap in right-center field for the first multi extra-base hit game of his young career. Collins got the start behind the plate in this one while Yasmani Grandal got the night off, and he should continue to rotate in and out of the lineup at either catcher or DH.
Collins started at designated hitter and went 0-for-4 in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Angels.
Collins got the Opening Day call at DH, a spot that looked like it belonged to Andrew Vaughn all spring. It's unclear if manager Tony La Russa was simply rewarding Collins for a strong spring, or if the manager plans to use the left-handed Collins at DH against right-handers while Vaughn slots in against lefties. Vaughn will make his season debut Friday against lefty Andrew Heaney, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Collins, meanwhile, will catch Lance Lynn on Saturday. That Collins beat out Jonathan Lucroy to be the top backup catcher is a sign the team is pleased with the defensive advancements he's made this spring.
Collins will be on the White Sox's Opening Day roster as expected, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Collins' path appeared to be clear after the White Sox released Jonathan Lucroy, and he will indeed open the year as Yasmani Grandal's backup. Fellow bat-first catcher Yermin Mercedes has also made the team. Both Collins and Mercedes could spend time at designated hitter if the White Sox go forward with their plan of using Andrew Vaughn in left field.
Collins benefits from the White Sox releasing Jonathan Lucroy on Monday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Collins already had a bead on the Opening Day roster, but his chances were greatly enhanced with Lucroy's release. He made modest improvements behind the dish under the tutelage of catching instructor Jerry Narron and batted .295/.380/.523 with three home runs, one double and six RBI over 50 spring plate appearances.
Collins started at designated hitter and went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Friday's spring game against Milwaukee.
Collins went deep for the second straight day and third time during Cactus League play. The injury to left fielder Eloy Jimenez (pectoral) is having a ripple effect that benefits Collins, who is having a monster spring, slashing .333/.422/.590. Andrew Vaughn, who was set to start the season as the primary DH, could replace Jimenez in left field, leaving an opening at DH. The left-handed-hitting Collins could provide a balance to a righty-dominant order.
Collins altered his plate approach and is more aggressive earlier in counts which has produced a 1.039 spring OPS , Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Collins has a reputation for an impeccable eye, but his less-than-aggressive approach hasn't worked in MLB, where pitchers can get a young hitter out no matter what the count. In a small sample size, Collins is slashing .391/.517/.522 this spring and pushing Jonathan Lucroy to be the top backup catcher. "I've been swinging a lot more often," he said. "Still taking my walks, but it's me striking out a lot less, which is why I think you see the average a lot higher, the OPS higher." His work with the bat is one thing, but Collins needs to improve defensively as well. That's been happening under the tutelage of Yasmani Grandal, but the White Sox, who expect to go deep into the postseason, may prefer the established Lucroy as the top backup. The left-handed hitting Collins could still make the Opening Day roster as a third catcher that can also fill in at first base and DH.
Collins will line up behind the plate for Sunday's spring opener against the Brewers, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Yasmani Grandal (knee) is slowed by inflammation and will not appear in the first two Cactus League games. Non-roster invitee Jonathan Lucroy appears to have the edge as the backup to Grandal, so it looks like manager Tony La Russa is evaluating Collins and Yermin Mercedes, who will catch Monday's contest.
Collins will be challenged for the backup catching job with the addition of Jonathan Lucroy, Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald reports.
With the White Sox building toward a deeper playoff run, manager Tony La Russa may prefer the veteran Lucroy over Collins, who has yet to establish himself behind the plate. He may still be part of the 26-man roster as a third catcher and DH if prospect Andrew Vaughn opens the season in the minors.
Collins was added to the White Sox's roster for the Wild Card Round against the Athletics.
Collins will likely fill a minor role, as he'll be the third catcher behind a pair of good ones in Yasmani Grandal and James McCann. He didn't make a good case for bench at-bats in his 18 trips to the plate this season, as he grabbed just a single hit.
Collins was optioned to the alternate training site Friday, LaMond Pope of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Playing time has been hard to come by for Collins, as he is essentially a designated hitter on a team with a healthy veteran (Edwin Encarnacion) playing every day in that spot. Nick Madrigal was activated from the injured list in a corresponding move.
Collins went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Wednesday's 5-3 win over Detroit.
Collins' fifth-inning double was his first hit of the season. He got the start at catcher with Yasmani Grandal (back) on the shelf for a few days. Grandal is not expected back before the weekend, so Collins could get a few more opportunities in the coming days. The catcher is now 1-for-16 overall.
Collins started at designated hitter and went 0-for-3 in Friday's 2-0 win over Cleveland.
Collins, who is still looking for his first hit of 2020, found himself in the lineup for a second straight game as as a replacement for the injured Edwin Encarnacion (shoulder). White Sox manager Rick Renteria is hoping Encarnacion, who took dry swings Friday, can elevate to normal work Saturday. That suggests Collins' window of opportunity will close soon. Prior to his two-game run in the starting lineup, Collins had just nine plate appearances.
Collins replaced an injured Edwin Encarnacion (shoulder) in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Brewers. He went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.
It's unclear how Encarnacion injured the shoulder; he required medical attention after beating out an infield single in the fourth inning. Collins, who entered as a replacement at designated hitter, will be part of the mix to get at-bats if Encarnacion misses time. Thus far in 2020, Collins is hitless in eight plate appearances.
Collins was added to the White Sox's Opening Day roster, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Collins and Yermin Mercedes were in a battle for the same spot, but the White Sox opted for their top pick in the 2016 draft. It came down to Collins' left-handed bat and familiarity with the arms at the big-league level. He also had a productive bat during summer camp, putting into practice a more aggressive plate approach. He'll serve as the third catcher and depth option at first base and designated hitter.
Collins went 1-for-2 with a home run in Wednesday's intrasquad game.
Collins launched his second home run during summer camp and continues to show the impact bat seen in spring training, when the catching prospect hit a pair of homers and drove in six runs. "His pedigree tells us that's what he's going to do, and he's getting better at it," third-base coach Nick Capra told Scott Merkin of MLB.com of Collins' power. "Obviously, he has a ways to go, but he has some pop in his bat and a good idea what he's doing at the plate." Collins hit 19 home runs, slugged .548 and had a .403 on-base percentage at Triple-A Charlotte in 2019. He'll serve as the White Sox's third catcher in 2020.
The White Sox announced Monday that Collins will be included as part of the team's 60-man roster pool.
Since none of the White Sox's minor-league affiliates are expected to have proper seasons in 2020, Collins will join the parent club when it opens its summer training camp Friday. One of four catchers for the Pale Hose, Collins isn't expected to find himself any higher than third on the depth chart with Yasmani Grandal and James McCann locked in as the top two options behind the plate. Collins could also see occasional work as a designated hitter or pinch hitter off the bench.
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|05/07||@ KC||W 3-0||3||1||1||1||1||1||0|
|05/04||@ CIN||W 9-0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|05/02||vs CLE||L 0-5||3||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|04/29||vs DET||W 3-1||1||1||1||0||0||1||0|
|04/25||vs TEX||W 8-4||3||1||3||0||0||1||0|
|04/19||@ BOS||L 4-11||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/18||@ BOS||W 5-1||2||0||0||0||0||1||0|
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