You’ve heard the narrative a billion times. The absolute slowness of the offseason has driven baseball fans to the edge of insanity. We’re even at the point where the most exciting news of the day was the Royals inking former Tigers outfielder Tyler Collins to a minor league deal.
Without trying to cover it up, Collins was pretty bad last year. In 49 games with the Detroit Tigers, Collins put up a horrendous .193/.278/.333 line, knocking out four home runs along the way. Though Collins did look good during an extended stint with the Tigers AAA in Toledo, slashing .288/.358/.462 in 81 games.
While climbing through the Detroit Tigers system a few years ago, Collins was regarded as a highly promising prospect, even ranking as the Tigers #7 overall prospect in 2013, according to Baseball America. Though thus far, his major league career has pretty much been a flop, putting up an 83 wRC+ in parts of four seasons.
Collins can play all three outfield positions adequately. Seeing him challenging for a reserve outfield spot on the major league club isn’t out of the realm of possibility, but I’d probably plan on him ending up in Omaha, at least to start the year.