LAKELAND, Fla. — Most of the Tigers’ outfield prospects gone across the street to Minor Nfl camp earlier this week. Tyler Collins is on the big league area.
The more he hits like he did on Sunday, the better chance he has to stay — possibly long enough to claim for a share of actively playing time in left field.
His director isn’t ruling it out.
‘There’s a modest amount of danger in his bat,In . manager Brad Ausmus said upon Saturday, after Collins fell the double shy of the never-ending cycle in a 3-for-5 performance in Detroit’s 14-3 win over Houston. ‘You saw it today, his or her ability to drive the ball. He has certainly been talked about considerably.’
In the Spring Training arena of small sample sizes pertaining to reserve players, Collins’ day boosted his numbers for the spring season to a .286 average (8-for-28). Six connected with his eight hits have gone for extra bases — two enhances, two triples, two home extends. After striking out in 5 of his first 7 at-bats, he hasn’t fanned since March 3.
It’s a similarly good extend to the way he started out and about last Spring Training. They carried it into the regular season at Double-A Erie, and then seemingly fell into a big-swing method, finishing with a .240 normal (112-for-466), 21 home runs, Seventy nine RBIs, 51 walks and 122 strikeouts.
His approach this spring is a little distinct.
‘Last year, I kind of struggled with myself,’ Collins said. ‘I seemed to be trying to do too much — and also the worse I got, the more I attempted. So I’ve just kind of matured as a player. I shall be able to make that adjustment far better next time.’
Some of that comes from the new coaching staff.
‘I could load a whole other brain having information I’ve taken from them,’ Collins said. ‘Wally Joyner and Darnell Coles, that they break everything down to in which you don’t even have to think twice about what they’re saying, because it’s so basic and makes so much perception. Everything they’re spitting out, Now i am trying to soak in.’
Collins’ hideaway run in six days to weeks was a no-doubt drive to right-center industry in the seventh inning. His multiple was an opposite-field gapper in the second inning that made it to the wall structure in left-center field off righty Lucas Harrell.
Collins singled up the middle off Harrell in the starting inning. He just missed an additional home run when he flew seem to the right-field warning track inside the third.