The White Sox have a few areas of need in their farm system, and they're hoping Zack Collins can solve a couple of them.
The Sox's first-round draft pick (10th overall) out of Miami is not only a catcher, but a left-handed hitting catcher.
The question is whether Collins will be able to stick behind the plate, because his bat is considered ahead of his mitt.
Then again, if his glove were equal to his bat, he would've gone first. He's hit .358/.534/.631 with 13 homers and 69 walks to 48 strikeouts over 251 plate appearances for the Hurricanes this season, showing excellent control of the strike zone and intriguing power.
His defense has taken strides, to the point where the mockers are divided on his viability behind the plate. Keith Law says he'll move to first base or DH, but Baseball America says "he has enough catch-and-throw skills to give him a chance to catch as a professional."
Collins' fallbacks aren't a killer for the Sox if the catching thing doesn't work out. While Jose Abreu is manning first for the foreseeable future, the Sox have plenty of at-bats available at DH, and Abreu could use a backup as well. Considering Tyler Flowers shed the "future DH" label to become a dependable backstop, though, nobody should rush to judge his defense.
The official comment from Nick Hostetler:
"Extremely excited to add a player with Zack's catching ability and middle of the order bat to our organization," said Nick Hostetler, White Sox director of scouting. "He was our number one target since April, and we are very happy that he was there for our selection with the 10th pick."
- Phillies: Mickey Moniak, OF, LaCosta Canyon (H.S.), Carlsbad, Calif.
- Reds: Nick Senzel, 3B, Tennessee
- Braves: Ian Anderson, RHP, Shenendehowa (H.S.), Clifton Park, N.Y.
- Rockies: Riley Pint, RHP, St. Thomas Aquinas (H.S.), Overland Park, Kan.
- Brewers: Corey Ray, OF, Louisville
- Athletics: A.J. Puk, LHP, Florida
- Marlins: Braxton Garrett, LHP, Florence (H.S.), Ala.
- Padres: Cal Quantrill, RHP, Stanford
- Tigers: Matt Manning, RHP, Sheldon (H.S.), Sacramento, Calif.