Collapses back leg frequently, hitch elongates already long swing path, noise makes it difficult to barrel consistently, needs to improve balance, pulls body out of box, plus bat speed, shows looseness through the zone, flashes average barrel control, ball jumps off bat when he squares, gets on top of pitches often, tries pulling too much, frequently rolls over pitches, heavy swing-and-miss, plays for power over contact, patient approach yields high walk totals; enough raw ability to overcome mechanical problems for below-average tool projection.
Plus raw, loose power stroke, drives with minimal effort, power comes mostly pull-side, high leverage allows for high-arching fly balls, below-average translates to above-average game projection.
Timed 4.57, poor runner, liability on bases.
2.05, 2.08, 2.12 pop ups; trouble staying in front, below-average mover side-to-side, poor framer, little feel for the position, below-average glove skills; Likely to shift to first base, where he’ll project below-average.
Average arm strength, lacks consistent velo to 2B, efficient arm action, threw with carry from knees, relatively accurate, lacks burst out of hand.
Collins profiles as a three-true-outcomes bat, who works the count very well, which should shield his weaker bat to ball skills some. There’s a lot going on with the swing as he employs a hitch and gets off balance, which makes his above-average raw ability play down. He’s likely to hit 20+ homers because he can really drive the ball when he puts the bat on it. His upside is somewhat limited because there’s a long way to go in terms of contact with his bat, playing more usual as a first baseman/DH type. He should turn into starting caliber player, but you’ll have to put up with spotty defense and high strikeout numbers.