Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Collecting Detroit Tigers: Tyler Collins

The Detroit Tigers rank pretty much dead last in everyone's farm system rankings. They do not have anyone player that stands out and has broken into the top 100 prospect lists. With that being said one of the Tigers' farm system strength is with their outfielders. They have a handful of decent outfields with Steven Moya, Daniel Fields, and Tyler Collins.

Last season Tyler Collins was able to break spring training with a spot on the Tigers' major league roster. He started off slow before being sent down to the minors and not being recalled until the expand roster in September. With a crowd outfield again this season Collins would start out the season in triple A Toledo. Once Victor Martinez would go on the disabled list, Collins was given another shot to see what he could do with the Tigers.

Collins has stepped up in his limited role with the Tigers so far this season. He has seen playing time in both left and right field plus time at the DH. With his size Collins should show more of a power hitter then an average guy. He hit 18 and 21 home runs respectively the past two years in the minors. He has a decent arm and decent speed as well. So far in a small sample size of 39 plate appearances Collins is hitting .306/.359/.472 with 1 home run 5 RBIs and 1 triple.  Again it is a small sample size to go off of and I would expect the average to go down, but the power continue to be there for him. He has been a pleasant addition to the Tigers' lineup while V-Mart continues to get himself healthy.

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