The 10th overall pick in 2016, Collins hasn’t changed his scouting report much at all since signing for $3,380,600. He starred in college, leading Miami to the College World Series in 2015 and 2016 while leading NCAA Division I with 78 walks in his Draft year, and the White Sox loved his combination of power and patience. Those remain his two best attributes, but he hasn't been able to improve the weaknesses in his game.
Collins has well above-average raw power to all fields thanks to his bat speed, strength and the loft in his left-handed stroke. He's more than willing to work deep counts looking for a pitch he can drive and posted an impressive 18 percent walk rate in his first four pro seasons. But his approach also leads him to take hittable offerings, and he can lengthen his swing and get pull-happy, resulting in an excessive 29 percent strikeout rate (39 percent in his first taste of the big leagues).
Collins' ability to make enough contact to do damage at the plate becomes more important now that it's increasingly unlikely that he'll be a regular catcher. He lacks soft hands and has below-average receiving skills, and a slow transfer mitigates his solid arm strength. With two All-Star catchers on Chicago's roster in Yasmani Grandal and James McCann, Collins figures to get most of his playing time at first base, where he's an adequate defender.
Scouting grades: Hit: 40 | Power: 55 | Run: 30 | Arm: 50 | Field: 45 | Overall: 45
Collins starred in college at Miami, leading the Hurricanes to the College World Series in 2015 and 2016 and topping NCAA Division I with 78 walks in the latter season. The White Sox loved his combination of power and on-base ability, and they bet the 10th overall pick in 2016 and a $3,380,600 bonus that they could refine his defense behind the plate. After three pro seasons, his strengths and weaknesses are quite similar to what they were when he turned pro.
On the positive side, Collins' combination of bat speed, strength and launch angle with his left-handed swing gives him prodigious power to all fields. He's willing to wait for a pitch he can drive and parlayed his patience into a Double-A Southern League-best 101 walks in 2018. He has significantly improved his game-calling since entering pro ball.
Collins' inclination to work counts and take hittable pitches also leads to strikeouts, as does his tendency to get long with his swing and become pull-conscious, resulting in a .234 batting average and a 30 percent whiff rate in his first three pro seasons. While he doesn't have to hit for a high average to be productive, it still remains to be seen if he can make it as a catcher. He lacks soft hands and is a shaky receiver, and his solid arm strength plays down because of a slow transfer and sinking action on his throws.
Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 55 | Run: 30 | Arm: 50 | Field: 45 | Overall: 55
Collins rebuffed early-round interest in the 2013 Draft to attend Miami, where he helped the Hurricanes reach the 2015 and 2016 College World Series, and led NCAA Division I with 78 walks in the latter year. Coveting his potential at the plate and believing he could improve behind it, the White Sox drafted him 10th overall and signed him for $3,380,600. He reached Double-A at the end of his first full pro season, but still has some rough edges to smooth out offensively and defensively.
Collins' power and patience have been as good as advertised, as he slugged 25 homers and walked 120 times in 152 games in his first two years in pro ball. His strength, bat speed and loft in his left-handed swing give him power to all fields, and he's willing to work deep counts while waiting for a pitch he can punish. Though he has just average arm strength and doesn't have the smoothest footwork, he makes accurate throws and erased 39 percent of basestealers in 2017.
Despite his offense gifts, Collins has batted just .229 with a 28 percent strikeout rate in his two pro seasons. He needs to improve his balance at the plate and guard against getting too long with his swing and too pull-conscious. He has a long way to go as a receiver and blocker, though Chicago has widened his defensive setup and is encouraged by his progress.
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 55 | Run: 30 | Arm: 50 | Field: 45 | Overall: 50
One of the best offensive players available in the 2016 Draft, Collins has a track record of production that extends back to starring with the U.S. 16-and-under national team in 2011. He could have been an early-round choice in 2013 but opted instead to attend Miami, where he helped the Hurricanes reach the College World Series in 2015 and 2016 and topped NCAA Division I with 78 walks in the latter year. The White Sox coveted him and signed him for $3,380,600 as the 10th overall pick.
Collins has big left-handed power and excels at drawing walks, and he provided plenty of both in his pro debut at Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. His combination of strength, bat speed and loft in his stroke could result in 25 homers per season. He's extremely patient and isn't afraid to work deep counts while waiting for a pitch to drive, so he could produce solid batting averages and high on-base percentages to go with his pop.
Collins has the bat to profile at first base, which is helpful because scouts aren't sold that he'll be able to stay behind the plate. Chicago believes in him as a catcher and he did improve during his junior season at Miami, but he still needs a lot of work. He isn't very fluid, which detracts from his average arm strength, and his receiving and blocking skills are spotty.