Former Hurricane Catcher Zack Collins was drafted 10th Overall in the 2016 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox. Collins had a stellar three-year career at Miami. He was drafted in the 27th Round by the Reds out of High School, but he declined to sign with the team and chose to attend The University Of Miami.
In his first campaign with the Hurricanes, Collins recorded 11 Homers and 54 RBI’s in 61 games played. Collins would go on to win the ACC Freshman of The Year award. He was also given the honor of Baseball America’s Freshman of The Year. After this one amazing year with the Canes, he decided to give a go at his sophomore campaign.
Once again Collins proved what kind of player he is and can be. He recorded 15 Homers and 70 RBI's, two significant improvements. Those stat lines gave him the label as one of the best catchers in the entire country, heck maybe even one of the best overall players in the country.
Collins simmered down in his final year but he was still a great player. He recorded 16 home runs and 59 RBIs, and his 78 walks were the most in college baseball. He ended his Miami career by winning the Johnny Bench Award, which is awarded to the country’s best catcher.
Collins elected to sign with the White Sox after being chosen 10th overall, and with that choice his college career was over. Although he will be missed at Miami, his success in the pros will be appreciated by many Cane fans.
After his first three games in the Arizona League, Collins was promoted to Advanced A ball where he had a good season. He recorded 6 Homers and had 18 RBI’s. His great play earned him a shot to play in the Arizona Fall League, that is a league where the MLB’s best prospects play in a few weeks worth of games.
Collins has shown his organization that he truly belongs here. His non-stop effort and his amazing work ethic, could land him a spot in Double-A or Triple-A very soon.