Collins was named the International League Player of the Week, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The 24-year-old catcher/first baseman hit .458 with four home runs, three doubles, nine RBI and eight runs scored in seven game for Triple-A Charlotte.
Collins has been hitting a ton since a lackluster introduction to the majors (2-for-26) during a three-week stretch from June to July. He's slashing .375/.470/.698 with seven home runs, 10 doubles and 29 RBI over 27 games since he was sent back to the Knights. The White Sox want Collins, who has a 16.9 BB% in the minors, to be more aggressive at the plate. It looks like that lesson has finally taken root, as he dropped his walk rate to 14.5 BB% over the last month. "Taking pitches just for the sake of taking pitches is not a formula for success," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "The approach that you have to take is strike-to-ball as oppose to ball-to-strike. If you're trying to wait to recognize a strike, it's a little tough. You have to be ready to strike and recognize and check your swing for balls that are not manageable. He understood that and took it to heart."
Collins was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte following Monday's game against the Royals.
Collins served as the backup catcher behind James McCann during his trip to the big leagues, though he went just 2-for-26 with a homer and three RBI over nine contests. With Welington Castillo (oblique) finishing up his rehab assignment Monday night, the expectation is that he'll be activated from the injured list Tuesday in a corresponding move.
Collins went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Saturday's 13-2 loss to the Athletics.
Collins, who made just his fourth start at catcher, reached base safely via a hit for the first time in 24 at-bats. He homered in his first official at-bat June 21 and didn't get another one until his seventh-inning single Saturday. Collins' roster spot is not expected to survive the impending return of Welington Castillo (oblique), which could happen this coming week.
Collins could lose at-bats at designated hitter to the recently claimed AJ Reed, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The left-handed hitting Reed was claimed during the All-Star break and will join the big-league roster for Friday's game at Oakland. Reed's addition, coupled with the news that Welington Castillo (oblique) is nearing a return, likely means the White Sox will want Collins getting regular swings in the minors. The young catcher/DH is 1-for-22 with five walks since being called up to Chicago.
Collins will start at catcher Tuesday against the Red Sox, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
This will be Collins' second big-league start at catcher and third overall for the White Sox. He's being tasked with guiding the team through a bullpen game that begins with reliever Carson Fulmer.
Collins went 0-for-4 in Saturday's 6-5 loss to Texas.
Collins made his first MLB start as a catcher Saturday and made a couple of nice tag plays at the plate. While he's up with the White Sox as a replacement for Welington Castillo (oblique), he'll catch a couple of games per week while also seeing time at designated hitter and possibly first base.
Collins started at desginated hitter and went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in Friday's 5-4 win over the Rangers.
Collins, who was making his first career start in MLB, erased an early 2-0 deficit with the homer on his first at-bat in the majors. It was his first official at-bat after he walked as a pinch hitter against the Cubs on Wednesday. Those first two plate appearances are fitting, as Collins has exhibited pop in his bat when not displaying an impeccable eye at the plate in the minors. The young catcher is up with the White Sox while Welington Castillo (oblique) is unavailable. Collins is expected to make his first start at catcher in one of the weekend games in Texas, per Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
The White Sox officially selected Collins' contract from Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday.
News of Collins' callup first surfaced Sunday, when Welington Castillo suffered an oblique strain that ultimately resulted in a trip to the 10-day injured list. While Castillo is on the mend, Collins will step in as Chicago's backup catcher, though the 2016 first-round pick's reputation as a poor defender likely means he'll only relieve No. 1 backstop James McCann behind the dish once or twice a week. Collins, who slugged nine home runs while reaching base at a .374 clip at Triple-A, could still enter the lineup on a semi-regular basis as a designated hitter.
Collins will have his contract selected from Triple-A Charlotte, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports.
Collins is in line to make his major-league debut after hitting .258 with nine home runs and 38 RBI over 48 games this season while with Triple-A Charlotte. He'll add depth behind the dish while Welington Castillo deals with a lower-back injury.
Collins (concussion) was activated from the 7-day injured list Saturday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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.
Collins (concussion) is expected to return in around five days, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Collins has been sidelined with a concussion for about a week now, but is expected to enter the return to play protocol Tuesday, which usually takes five or so days to complete. Prior to landing on the minor-league IL, Collins hit .256/.370/.581 with seven homers in 24 games for Triple-A Charlotte.
Collins (concussion) was placed on the minor-league injured list Thursday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Collins is reportedly in concussion protocol after taking a foul tip off his mask earlier in the week. Prior to landing on the shelf, the 24-year-old was slashing .256/.370/.581 with seven homers in 24 games for Triple-A Charlotte.
Collins went 1-for-4 with a solo home run for Triple-A Charlotte in Saturday's game against Indianapolis.
Collins has put a charge into the ball early on, cracking five homers over his first seven games. The young catcher appears to be letting fewer pitches pass by, opting to swing at hittable offerings he'd take last year. His typically elite-level OBP is at just .300 through seven games.
Collins went 3-for-5 with two home runs and a triple in a 12-11 win over Triple-A Durham on Thursday.
Collins had a .786 OPS with 15 home runs for Double-A Birmingham last year, which prompted his promotion to start the year. Offense hasn't been an issue for the 24-year-old, who has moved slowly through the minors primarily to improve his defense. Along with his impressive performance at the plate Thursday, he also surrendered one passed ball and one stolen base. Unless Collins can sustain a torrid pace at the plate or the White Sox overlook his defensive woes, he should remain the everyday catcher in Triple-A Charlotte.
Collins was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday.
Collins got to spend the first part of camp with the major-league squad but wasn't considered an option to open the season in the big leagues. He'll get his first taste of Triple-A this season after posting a .234/.382/.404 line with 15 homers in 122 games for Double-A Birmingham last year.
Collins will begin the 2019 season at Triple-A Charlotte, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Collins has followed a traditional path through the organization and will be one step below MLB. The White Sox are still working with him defensively, but as a team in rebuild mode, they can expose him to the majors without much concern. At the plate, Collins bashed 17 home runs each of the last two seasons and has elite on-base skills.
Collins was invited to the White Sox's major-league camp, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Collins was the White Sox's first-round pick (10th overall) in 2016 and is the organization's top-ranked catching prospect. He's known more for his bat, so developing defensively has been his biggest challenge, as it is for most bat-first catchers. Another challenge for Collins has been his patience. He has impressive on-base skills, which can mitigate his power potential. His manager last year at Double-A Birmingham, Ryan Newman, said Collins can be too selective and let drive-able pitches pass by.
Collins leads the minor leagues in walks (87), on-base percentage (.408) and walk rate (21 percent), and has an .833 OPS in 96 games for Double-A Birmingham.
Collins, the White Sox's top catching prospect, has made getting on base a signature since he was drafted in the first round of 2016. He may be focused too much on the OBP, which could negate the potential of plus power as he allows pitches he can drive pass by. Birmingham manager Ryan Newman told Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Tribune that Collins was being too selective earlier in the season, when the catcher was hitting below .200 in April, but has been better in that regard. "When he expanded, not the strike zone, but what he wanted to hit, that's when he really took off. He looks comfortable," said Newman.
Collins went a combined 1-for-5 with a solo home run and a walk in Sunday's doubleheader for Double-A Birmingham.
Collins is hitting just .091 (2-for-22) over his first eight games, which clearly isn't what the White Sox want to see out of their 2016 first-round draft pick. On a positive note, he's walked seven times, so his noted plate approach is still intact. The danger is that the longer his hitting slump lasts, the more he'll begin to chase pitches. It's already started: The Florida native has whiffed 10 times in 22 at-bats.
Collins worked on fixing a hitch in his swing over the winter, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Collins had some areas of development in 2017, getting on base at a .370 clip and hitting 19 home runs at High-A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham, but some of his prospect sheen took a hit under the weight of a .224 batting average and 129 strikeouts (27.3 percent K%). As reported last October by Josh Norris of Baseball America, an area of focus for Collins during the Fall Instructional League was his body position and posture as a hitter. The goal was to make his swing less busy and get him in position to hit the ball quicker. The White Sox feel the 2016 first-round pick came along defensively, particularly in controlling the running game. However, they acknowledge areas of improvement, in terms of blocking balls and game calling. The organization can take its time with the soon-to-be 23-year-old catcher after inking Welington Castillo to a two-year deal this offseason. Improving the hit tool and making the necessary strides as a backstop will improve his prospect profile.
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