Prospect Profile - Cody Collett

The Tigers have had a history of developing catchers - catchers that develop into very average backups (Paul Bako, Raul Casanova, to name a couple). However, with their most recent backstop selection, they hope to change that trend. Cody Collett has yet to play a professional game, but already shows plenty of potential.

Cody Collett – Detroit Tigers
Position: Catcher Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 Born: 1/22/85 Bats: Right Throws: Right

Background
The Tigers drafted Cody in the sixth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft. Drafted out of Newbury Park High School in Southern California, Collett was not only considered one of the top players in the area, but one of the best in the country at his position. After being named Second Team All Southern California, Cody had originally signed to play at Fresno State University, but continued efforts from the Tigers persuaded him to sign. Although he signed too late to report to any of the Tiger's minor league affiliates, he did display some solid ability working with the organization at it's complex in Florida last fall. The Tigers currently have Cody working out in extended spring training, with plans on assigning him to the Gulf Coast League for the summer.

Scouting Report
Scouts and coaches rave about his defensive abilities, and are impressed with his build and power potential. During workouts prior to the draft, Collett was consistently timed at 1.85 seconds on his throws to second, and even dipped below the hallowed 1.80 mark on several occasions. Some national scouts felt he was the best high school catch and throw guy in the country heading into the draft, and reports out of the fall instructional league did not disappoint. Considered to have a Jason Kendall type build, Cody has displayed raw power potential and above average bat speed. As his body matures and his frame fills out, the Tigers are hoping that potential turns to results. During his senior season at Newbury Park, Cody batted .456 with 7 homeruns and 39 RBI in 90 at-bats. He displayed solid strike zone judgment and the willingness to take a walk. Young catchers often take time to develop, but at age 19, Cody possesses the tools necessary to become a top-flight battery mate.

Health Record
At this point, Collett has not encountered any injury problems. Given a clean bill of health during spring training, it appears Collett is ready to step in and play everyday once the Gulf Coast League gets under way.

The Future
Starting the season in the GCL after extensive work last fall and this spring with members of the organization should prove valuable, and hopefully will provide a solid base for Collett to make a splash in his professional debut. It is possible he could be promoted to Oneonta at some point this summer if his performance warrants, but with youth on his side, the Tigers may be best served to let him build confidence first. At this time, there really isn't a high end catching prospect standing in his way. He should stand to be promoted as his performance dictates, rather than worrying about playing time of other catching prospects. Cody's rise through the system is one that is met with great anticipation, and there is a sense of hope that he might be ready when Ivan Rodriguez's contract expires.


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