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.
Collins was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Monday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
Collins' path to making the Opening Day roster as the backup catcher disappeared once the White Sox signed Yasmani Grandal to start ahead of James McCann. The 25-year-old didn't make much of an impression in 102 plate appearances in his debut last season, striking out 38.2 percent of the time while hitting .186/.307/.349 and earning poor marks for his defensive work behind the plate. It may take an injury or a trade for him to fill a notable role in the majors this season.
Collins went 1-for-2 with a walk and a two-run home run in Sunday's spring game against the Royals.
Collins started at catcher and cranked his second Cactus League home run. He's 5-for-16 with three extra-base hits, five RBI and eight walks over 11 spring games. Collins is an offense-first catcher that continues to plug away at his defensive skills, but he's unlikely to break camp with the White Sox unless the team feels the need to carry a third catcher as its 26th man. Yasmani Grandal and James McCann (on a one-year deal) are ahead of him on the organizational depth chart.
Collins will sit for the first half of Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers.
After posting a .421 OPS over his first 17 career games, Collins has picked things up lately, recording a 1.074 OPS over his last eight contests. James McCann will start behind the plate for the afternoon game Friday, though Collins could get the start in the nightcap.
Collins went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in Thursday's 8-0 win over the Indians.
Collins is finishing strong, having hit safely in seven of eight games (11-for-31, .355) after collecting only four hits in his first 49 at-bats. He's been given a lot of plate appearances as the designated hitter, which could become his primary role in 2020. Despite the rookie's .672 OPS in the majors, the White Sox believe in Collins' bat. He's hit 22 home runs combined between Triple-A and MLB this season, reaching double-digit home runs for the third straight season.
Collins started at catcher and went 0-for-4 in Wednesday's 8-3 loss to the Indians.
Collins saw his six-game hitting streak snapped and is hitting just .088 (3-for-34) when he starts at catcher. He acknowledged to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times that he needs to focus on his defensive work during the offseason to prove he can be an everyday catcher. "I plan to work a little more on my catching this year," Collins said. "I worked a little bit last offseason but this year I'm going to take it to the next level and come to spring training ready to go.'' Part of a young catcher's challenge when focusing on defense is minimizing the impact it has on his bat. The White Sox like Collins' power potential and could eventually use him as DH for much of 2020.
Collins went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Twins.
Collins' ninth-inning blast provided insurance in the win and was his second home run in as many days. The young catcher is currently riding a four-game hit streak (5-for-16) but batting just .179 since his callup.
Collins is not in the lineup Monday against the Twins.
Collins has been getting frequent starts as either a catcher or a designated hitter this September, though he hasn't done much at the plate, hitting .161 with a .536 OPS. He does at least have three hits over his last two games. James McCann will catch Monday, with Jose Abreu serving as the designated hitter and Matt Skole playing first base.
Collins went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Saturday's 2-1 extra-inning loss to the Mariners.
Collins' second-inning double snapped an 0-for-19 run of futility. Despite the struggles at the dish, Collins made his fifth straight start Saturday. The White Sox are giving the 2016 first-round pick, who is batting just .113 in the majors, a chance to establish himself against major-league pitching.
Collins went 0-for-2 in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Royals.
Collins started his third straight game and continues to get regular plate appearances, but the rookie's gone hitless in his last 15 at-bats. The White Sox are hoping the work he put in at Triple-A Charlotte between stints in the majors will pay off, but the young catcher is 2-for-19 since being called up as part of September's roster expansion.
Collins is not in the lineup Sunday against the Angels.
Collins started four of the last five games, going 2-for-12 with four walks. James McCann will catch Sunday, with Matt Skole serving as the designated hitter.
Collins made his fourth start in the last five games and went 0-for-4 in Saturday's 8-7 loss to the Angels.
White Sox management is following through on their stated desire to give Collins regular work over the final month. He started at catcher, the first time behind the plate since his most recent callup, on a day when White Sox pitchers threw three wild pitches and issued nine walks. He's expected to get a few more starts behind the plate before the end of the season, and Collins will continue to get opportunities at first base and designated hitter. The 24-year-old is just 2-for-12 since rejoining the parent club and was 2-for-26 during his initial stint in June-July.
Collins is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Angels.
Collins started the last three games but will receive Friday off after going 2-for-8 with a triple, a run scored, an RBI and four walks. Welington Castillo will serve as the designated hitter in the series opener.
Collins started at first base and went 0-for-3 with two walks and a run scored in Thursday's 7-1 win over Cleveland.
True to general manager Rick Hahn's word, the White Sox are giving Collins a fair shake in September. This was his third straight start with the first two coming at designated hitter. He's 2-for-7 with a triple, an RBI and four walks in the three games.
Collins will play more during September than he did in his first callup earlier this season, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Collins was in the lineup for a second straight day Wednesday, serving as the designated hitter once again. He's 2-for-5 with two walks, a triple and an RBI in the two contests. "Zack's ability to fill three spots for us, catcher, first base and DH leads me to suspect there is going to be more opportunities for him here over the next few weeks than the first time around," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. The White Sox are anxious to see if adjustments Collins made to his plate approach recently at Triple-A Charlotte will carry over to the majors.
Collins was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte as expected Tuesday.
The 24-year-old got his first taste of the big leagues over the summer, going just 2-for-26 at the plate with 14 strikeouts. He owns a much stronger .282/.403/.548 slash line for Charlotte. He could be a candidate for a fair number of starts down the stretch as the White Sox look to evaluate for next season.
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