Miami baseball legend Zack Collins called up by Chicago White Sox

Former Miami baseball All-American catcher Zach Collins has been called up to the major leagues by the Chicago White Sox. Collins joins former Miami Hurricanes Yonder Alonso and Jon Jay on the Pale Hose 40-man roster.

Zach Collins call up by the Chicago White Sox corresponds with the beginning of the first of four games against the rival Chicago Cubs this season. The teams will play two at Wrigley Field Tuesday and Wednesday. Collins joins Yonder Alonso and Jon Jay as former Miami baseball All-Americans with the White Sox.

Collins was a first-round draft pick by the White Sox in 2016 after leading Miami to the College World Series for the second straight season. The left-handed hitting catcher finished his Miami baseball career with a .319 batting average, 42 home runs and183 RBIs in 189 games. He joins a White Sox roster deep at catcher.

Collins has put up good but not great numbers in the minor leagues. He needs to increase contact at the plate but has still found a way to get on base and hit for power. Collins has moved up quickly through the White Sox farm system.

He spent 2016 and part of 2017 in single A, moved up to double-A Birmingham two years ago before sticking there for all of 2018. Collins has been with the AAA Charlotte Knights this season before getting called up to the show.

Collins hit .250 with nine home runs and 39 RBIs in 50 games with Charlotte this season. He had a .374 on-base percentage, .482 slugging percentage and .855 OPS with the Knights in 2019. With the depth the White Sox have at catcher, Collins could be used as a designated hitter to rest or replace the struggling Alonso.

James McCann is having an outstanding season as the White Sox starting catcher. McCann is hitting .324 with a six home runs and 20 RBIs in 48 games. Wellington Castillo is a big talent but has not hit well in 2019. Castillo’s power numbers have been there. He is hitting well below the Mendoza line.

Castillo is hitting .196 with five home runs and 15 RBIs. The rest of the former Cubs starting backstop slash line is .289, .364, .654. Alonso has posted similarly sub-Mendoza line numbers in 2019. He has seven home runs and 26 RBIs in 61 games with a slash line of .180, .280, .312 and .592.

WhiteSox.Com beat reporter Scott Merkin reported that Castillo left Sunday’s game with tightness in his lower back that could land him on the disabled list. Even if the White Sox don’t decide to shelve Castillo if he is out for even a few days they need a backup catcher to McCann. Merkin gave extensive insight into Collins’ outlook.

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Collins is expected to play once he reaches Chicago. His playing time per Merkin will also cut into Alonso’s. Being former Hurricanes, Alonso can serve as somewhat of a mentor to Collins as he gets used to being a major leaguer. Collins is the first significant call-up by the White Sox in 2019 in an organization full of top prospects.

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