Prospect Profile: Cody Collet

It's not every day that team's stumble upon a Catcher considered to be above average both at and behind the plate. But, that's exactly what the Tigers have in youngster Cody Collet, who has drawn comparisons to Jason Kendall after coming out of high school to join the professional ranks.

Cody Collet
Position: Catcher Height: 6-1 Weight: 195
Born: 1/22/1985 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, Collet 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 its complex in Florida last fall. Hampered by injuries during the 2004 season, Collet mustered only 36 unimpressive at-bats, before being shut down with a myriad of injuries.

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, Collet 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.

Performance

Year

Team

AB

AVG

2B

HR

RBI

SO

BB

SLG%

OPS

2004

GCL Tigers

36

.194

2

0

1

15

2

.250

.487


Health Record
Collet was plagued by minor injuries during the 2004 season. None of concern moving forward, but he will need to remain healthy to progress through the system.

The Future
After a disappointing start to his professional career, Collet rebounded with some mildly impressive performances in the Fall Instructional League. Collet needs to remain healthy in 2005, likely at Oneonta, to get himself back on track. The raw potential is there, and the organization believes they have a gem, but until he actually produces, you will be hard-pressed to hear his name mentioned too much. Look for a healthy Collet to put some of his skills on display in the New York-Penn League next season, but don't look for the power to show in an extreme pitcher-friendly environment. He is a long ways from making any noise at the Major League level, but he is still a player to watch regardless.


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