Tigers Scouting Report #14: Tyler Collins

Heading into camp, no one would have given Tyler Collins much of a shot at making the big league club this spring, and even after the injury to Andy Dirks, there were thought to be better options. But Collins quite simply outperformed and out-worked the alternatives, which fits right in line with his scouting report. Find out what the club is getting inside.

Tyler Collins

Vitals

Position: Outfielder
Date of Birth: 6/6/1990 (2014 Opening Day Age: 23)
Height/Weight: 5-11/215
Bats/Throws: Left/Left
Acquired: 2011 Draft, 6th Round
Ranking History: #9 (2012), #11 (2013), #14 (2014)

Background: Popped in the sixth round after transferring from Baylor, the Tigers were pleased when he showed up in short-season Connecticut and slashed .313/.360/.534 in 42 games during his pro debut. In 2012 he continued to hit well with a .290 average, 35 doubles and 20 steals for High-A Lakeland. Collins struggled in his first exposure to the upper minors, hitting just .240 in 129 games at Double-A in 2013.

Performance:

2013 Stats - Hitting
TEAMABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSBAOBPSLG
Erie 4666711229021795112245.240.323.438


Scouting Report

Body: Very thick build; stocky; muscular; burly shoulders; minimal neck; looks more like an NFL fullback; quality athlete; not a fast-twitch guy; not a prototypical body but it works and he's in good shape.

Hit: Good feel for the zone; has ability to recognize spin; at his best refrains from chasing out of zone; swing and miss will be present but can be tempered from levels of 2013; will work counts but likes to be aggressive when he gets a pitch he can drive; fastball hitter; needs to use entire field more; can't get pull happy and swing through pitches in the zone; bat speed is solid; potential average hitter if he maintains approach. Grade – Present 4/Future 5

Power: Line drive stroke; can really drive it to the pull side; still has gap pop to the opposite field; doesn't lift the ball and lacks long term home run power; potential to pick up plenty of doubles; fringe power profile overall with more coming from doubles than home runs; 25-30 doubles, 10-12 home runs is attainable. Grade – 4/4+

Speed: Runs hard all the time; gets the most out of his natural speed; average times down the line; looks like he's running faster than he actually is; solid instincts on the bases but not a significant stolen base threat; 10-15 annually if they let him run; potential to take extra bases thanks to aggressive style; thick body may not hold speed at average level of long haul. Grade – 5/4+

Defense: Should be limited to corner outfield; likely left field profile because of arm strength; all-out defender; gets after it in the field; has improved reads/routes since signing and how projects to near average defensive level; still needs to polish overall game; gets things done more on grit and determination, rather than skill; club has tried him in CF at times but he lacks speed and true instincts for the position; best role is LF. Grade – 4/4+

Arm: Arm didn't show well early in career; mechanics are inconsistent; release can be slow; will show occasional average arm; mostly below-average; limits defensive profile to LF; muscular build makes it hard to project growth in arm strength. Grade – 4/4

Other: Max effort player; leaves it on the field; grinder mentality that maximizes tools; needs to stay within himself on offense; determined to succeed; quality makeup though he can be too hard on himself and try to do too much.

Final Word

Summary: Fullback build with impressive strength and solid athleticism; aggressive in every way; doesn't back down on the field; has average hit potential with quality approach that backs fringe power profile; more doubles than home runs; defense can play on corners; arm limits to left field; average run; won't impact the game with speed; can impact the game with grinder mentality.

Risk: Low risk; game has nearly reached maturity; moderate ceiling/high floor player

Projection: Slated for Triple-A to start the spring, Collins has nearly cemented his place on the MLB roster with a strong showing; potential to be a quality platoon option in LF; gap power should play immediately; likely a streaky player; should be in MLB for good in 2015.

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