Heading into camp, no one would have given Tyler Collins much of a shot at making the big league…
2014 Spring Notes: Scouting Tyler Collins
When news of the Andy Dirks injury came out, TigsTown explored a number of alternate candidates. One of the men mentioned, but probably not seriously considered, was Tyler Collins, a left-handed bat, who hit .240 last year for Double-A Erie with a .760 OPS, and followed that up with a .260 average and a .738 OPS in the Arizona Fall League. He had a hot start with the ‘Wolves but slowed down considerably, and for much of the middle of the season, looked lost at the plate. In other words, he fit the basic criteria, but didn't appear ready for such a jump from Double-A ball to the big leagues, given that he didn't crush Eastern League pitching. Despite that, he's out-lasted fellow prospects Daniel Fields and Steven Moya in big league camp, and getting more and more work. With 28 at-bats, he has the same number as Rajai Davis and more than fellow outfielders Ezequiel Carrera and Trevor Crowe. Asked about Collins after his big game on Saturday, manager Brad Ausmus said, "Ideally he'd...
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