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PostSubject: Tyler Collins | OF News   Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:13 pm



Tyler Collins
2013 Rank: 6
ETA: 2014
Position: OF
Age: 22, DOB: 06/06/1990
Bats: L, Throws: L
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 215
Drafted: 2011, 6th (197) - DET
Twitter: @TylerCollins1
Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 4/6 | Power: 3/4 | Run: 4/4 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 5/5 | Overall: 4/5

It's becoming fairly clear that Collins is the type of guy who just plain hits. He may not profile well in any particular spot, but it's been said more than once that guys who hit get to the big leagues. He has a short, quick swing from the left side of the plate and shows the ability to make adjustments that could allow him to be an above-average hitter. He has more doubles/gap power, though there's the chance that he could maybe get to average power once he's big league ready. He's a fringy runner, at best, but his instincts have made him an excellent baserunner. He's played both outfield corners and while he doesn't fit the power profile for that, he doesn't have the speed and range to play center field every day. But he's a real gamer who comes to play every day, the type who'll be sure to maximize the tools he does have to overachieve.


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PostSubject: Re: Tyler Collins | OF News   Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:09 am



Top Prospects: Collins, DET

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2013 MLB.com Top Prospects: Tyler Collins has put up a good batting average and on-base numbers any place he?s been given a uniform


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PostSubject: Re: Tyler Collins | OF News   Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:22 am

Collins makes impression with two extra-base hits

By Jason Beck / MLB.com | 02/22/2013 1:21 PM ET

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Don't add Tyler Collins to the Tigers' outfield mix just yet. Unlike top prospects Nick Castellanos and Avisail Garcia, Collins got a full season at Class A Lakeland last year, putting him on track for Double-A Erie this year.

Still, of all the non-roster invites with no chance of making the team out of Spring Training, Collins might have the chance to make the biggest impression. With a diving catch, a triple, a double and the game's first run in Friday's 2-1 win over the Braves, his first impression is pretty well set.

Really, it was set before. Manager Jim Leyland had already remarked this week that Collins is an "all-out player."

Friday's performance did nothing to challenge that, nor did Collins' reaction afterwards.

"I only have one speed, guys. That's full speed," Collins said with a smile. "If I play full speed and leave it all out on the field, there's nothing else I can do. If they like what they see, then I'm going to continue to keep playing hard."

Almost as soon as Collins entered the game in right field in the bottom of the sixth inning, he was running down a shallow flare down the right-field line. Collins dove head first towards the line, keeping his glove off the ground to make the catch.

Two innings later, his leadoff triple not only gave Detroit its first hit, it also ignited the two-run rally that provided the difference in the game. Jeff Kobernus' ensuing triple allowed Collins to trot home instead of needing to slide.

The dirt stains had already set in by then.

"He's one of those guys that normally on any night, his uniform will be really dirty when the game is over," Leyland said.

Collins already had a little Spring Training experience, having been an extra player for a few games last spring. He stayed in Lakeland for the season and hit .290 with 35 doubles, 66 RBIs and 20 stolen bases in high Class A ball.

Like Andy Dirks, he's a left-handed hitter who can play around the outfield. Also like Dirks, he could take advantage of a strong Spring Training. For one day, though, he can just enjoy the spotlight.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: Tyler Collins | OF News   Tue May 07, 2013 1:51 am

May 6, 2013 at 1:37 pm
Tigers prospect Tyler Collins catches fire with homer streak

   By Lynn Henning
   The Detroit News


When not hitting a home run becomes news, a hitter is way past hot. He's a player tracked and followed. His latest game has folks wondering what this cowpoke did today.

Tyler Collins became one of those guys during the past week when he hit six home runs in five consecutive games, a string that ended Sunday when the outfielder for Double A Erie went 0-for-2 with two walks in a 2-1 victory over Altoona.

Ahead of Sunday, it had been like this: a home run Tuesday at Binghamton, followed by another Wednesday and two more on Thursday, all at Binghamton. Friday saw him slam a home run against Altoona in a home game at Jerry Uht Stadium, followed by one more Saturday.

Five games, six home runs. In his last 10 games, one of the Tigers' higher-profile prospects and a corner outfielder who had made a splash during spring camp in Florida, is batting .333 with 13 hits, a .415 on-base percentage, and .917 slugging percentage, good for a powerhouse OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of 1.332.

This, from a 22-year-old left-handed batter who in April batted all of .232.

"I think he went into (spring camp) and turned a lot of eyes, for sure, including the big league staff," Erie manager Chris Cron said. "But this game has a way of humbling you, to a point, and it did.

"But now it's clicking, clicking like crazy. There's not a whole lot going on with his swing. Not a lot of moving parts. He basically stands up there and gets his pitch and puts a good swing on it."

Collins was a sixth-round draft pick in 2011 after playing a season at Howard, a Texas junior college where he moved after messing up, academically, as a freshman at Baylor. He was on his way to Texas Christian when the Tigers drafted him and offered him $210,000 to forgo the Horned Frogs.

Wise investment by the Tigers, or so the numbers would suggest. Collins last season batted .290 at Single A Lakeland in his first full season of pro baseball. It earned him a ticket to big league spring camp where Tigers manager Jim Leyland and his staff got a long look at a prospect the Tigers were envisioning as part of Comerica Park's future outfield arrangement.

"I think he's a baseball player — and I like baseball players," Leyland said Sunday, repeating a tribute he had paid Collins during spring camp. "He reminds me of an old-time player."

In other words: He hits. He grinds. Good, if not glamorous. Cron has the same take as Leyland.

"He just has that all-out game mentality," Cron said. "He just goes after everything really aggressively, really hard. Sometimes, when he does make mistakes, say a couple of baserunning mistakes, it's all because he was overly aggressive. But those are growing pains. You love to have that (aggression) more than the other way."

Collins is 5-foot-11, 215 pounds, a package that could imply he moves like a dump truck. But that's not Collins. Body fat, if it's in any great supply, is undetectable. Leyland was among those surprised by Collins' speed during camp. And by his defense, which was solid.

That, again, has been Cron's experience.

"He's a very competent outfielder at this point," Cron said. "And I think his arm is a touch above average."

If there is a knock against Collins, it's a flaw the Tigers can appreciate. Collins can be impatient with himself.

"You're going to fail in this game, and one of the things he's got to get better at is dealing with some failure," Cron said. "This game has a way of humbling you, and early this season it did that to Tyler Collins.

"I'm not saying he needed to be humbled, but this game is tough to play, and sometimes you have to learn to deal with that part of it."

In the case of Collins during a wild week, failing meant not hitting a home run. The standard will change, of course. Baseball vs. man invariably produces one champion, to date undefeated:

Baseball.

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From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130506/SPORTS0104/305060349#ixzz2SZy8dmoW


"If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed." Source: TV Guide Interview (April 3, 1982)
-- Sparky Anderson


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PostSubject: Re: Tyler Collins | OF News   Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:51 am

Travis, five other prospects to play in AFL

By Jason Beck and Bobby Nightengale / MLB.com | 8/27/2013 8:14 P.M. ET

DETROIT -- While Tigers fans are looking for postseason baseball in October, there will be more fall work for some of Detroit's prospects. The Arizona Fall League released its rosters on Tuesday, and they include breakout Tigers prospect and Class A Lakeland second baseman Devon Travis, who will get his shot against some of the better pitching prospects in the game.

Travis will be one of a half-dozen Tigers prospects on the Mesa Solar Sox, whose coaching staff will include former Tigers hurler and Lakeland pitching coach Mike Maroth. Also going to Arizona is Class A West Michigan closer Corey Knebel, Double-A Erie outfielder Tyler Collins, SeaWolves reliever Will Clinard and Triple-A Toledo lefty Kyle Lobstein. Detroit will name one more player to the roster before the season opens Oct. 8.

Travis' season began with a Spring Training impression as an extra player in Detroit's Grapefruit League games. The former Florida State second baseman took that momentum to West Michigan and hit up a storm in the Midwest League, batting .352 with 17 doubles, six homers, 42 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 77 games.

He earned a midseason promotion to the Florida State League and hasn't let up, hitting .330 with eight doubles, five homers and 22 RBIs in 47 games. He has gone 6-for-7 stealing bases. A matchup in the Fall League was the next logical step.

"I think it's going to be a very natural step for him," Tigers player development director Dave Owen said Tuesday. "What a great year he's put together."

Knebel will become the second Tiger in five years to go to the AFL the same year he's drafted. Andy Oliver did it in 2009. Knebel, however, is in a different situation. He came into the Tigers' system as a reliever, despite initial indications the Tigers would stretch him into a starter, and he'll continue work out of the bullpen in Mesa.

The formula has worked well so far. The former University of Texas closer entered Tuesday having allowed just two earned runs on 12 hits over 28 innings, striking out 38 batters and recording 13 saves.

"He came on after the Draft and has done everything he's supposed to do," Owen said. "He's shown he's ready for a challenge."

Collins will get a chance to work on some of the hitting adjustments instructor Bruce Fields and Erie hitting coach Gerald Perry made with him this summer with his swing and his plate discipline. The Spring Training standout has struggled to a .240 average with the SeaWolves, but his 18 home runs and 74 RBIs easily top his previous bests as a pro.

Lobstein spent most of the spring in camp with the Tigers as a Rule 5 pick, then went to Erie when the Tigers worked out a trade with the Rays to acquire his full rights. He's 12-7 with a 3.40 ERA between Erie and Toledo, including two complete games.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


"If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed." Source: TV Guide Interview (April 3, 1982)
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PostSubject: Re: Tyler Collins | OF News   Sun Apr 06, 2014 12:27 am


Full Name: Tyler James Collins
Born: June 6, 1990 in Lubbock, TX
Height: 5' 11''
Weight: 215
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
College: Howard JC, TX
MLB Debut: March 31, 2014


Biography


Resides in Trophy Club, TX during the off-season. ... Selected the American Baseball Coaches Association NJCAA Division I Player of the Year in 2011 after hitting .488 (105x215) with 34 doubles, four triples, 19 home runs, 82 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 59 games as a sophomore at Howard College in Texas. ... Saw action in 35 games with Coppell in the Texas Collegiate League during the summer of 2011, hitting .310 (45x145) with four doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 22 RBI -- named the top prospect in the Texas Collegiate League by Baseball America. ... Recommended/signed by Tim Grieve for the Tigers.


2011 Highlights

Selected by Detroit in the sixth round of the June 2011 draft, he was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Tigers to begin his professional career. ... Had his contract transferred from the Gulf Coast League Tigers to Single A Connecticut for the remainder of the season on July 21 -- tied for fifth in the New York-Penn League with eight home runs. ... Rated as having the second-best pro debut among all junior college players selected in the draft by Baseball America. ... Belted a season-high two home runs on July 30 versus Batavia. ... Tabbed the New York-Penn League Player of the Week for August 8-14 after hitting .409 (9x22) with four doubles, a home run and eight RBI in six games during the week. ... Batted .321 (34x106) with eight doubles, a triple, four home runs and 21 RBI in 27 games during August. ... Named the 13th-best prospect in the Tigers organization following the season by Baseball America. ... Saw action in 43 games with Sydney in the Australian Winter Baseball League following the season, hitting .298 (50x168) with 14 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 22 RBI.


2012 Highlights

Finished second in the Florida State League with 35 doubles as he spent the entire 2012 season with Single A Lakeland -- tabbed the Lakeland Player of the Year. ... Fourth in the Florida State League with 137 hits, while he tied for fifth with 47 extra-base hits and tied for ninth with a .290 batting average. ... Fanned once every 8.47 plate appearances, the fifth-toughest batter to strike out in the Florida State League. ... Hit .337 (28x83) with seven doubles, a triple and nine RBI in 21 games during April. ... Batted .321 (25x78) with seven doubles, a triple and 14 RBI in 20 games during June. ... Collected a season-high four hits on July 29 at St. Lucie. ... Saw action in seven games during the Florida State League playoffs, hitting .367 (11x30) with two doubles, two triples, two home runs and five RBI ... Named the seventh-best prospect in the Tigers organization following the season by Baseball America.


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PostSubject: Re: Tyler Collins | OF News   Sun Apr 20, 2014 1:37 am

Tigers promote righty Miller to bolster bullpen
Rookie outfielder Collins optioned to Triple-A Toledo after slow start

By Jason Beck and Matt Slovin / MLB.com | 4/18/2014 11:51 P.M. ET

DETROIT -- Two years to the day after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his elbow, Justin Miller made his Major League debut against the Angels, tossing two innings of one-hit ball.

"It's kind of a weird coincidence," Miller said. "Just getting called up, being able to call my family and have everybody in my family ecstatic, it's just a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing. It's unreal."

Miller added that the biggest difference he observed from transitioning from the Minor Leagues to Detroit on Friday was how bright the lights shone.

"I thought I could see every little blade of grass out there," he said.

Earlier Friday, the Tigers announced the transaction, their first of the season, which was a depth move for a taxed and tired bullpen. Detroit optioned rookie outfielder Tyler Collins to Toledo. For Friday, at least, Detroit went with eight relievers and three bench players.

Miller, who pitched a perfect sixth before trotting back out for another inning of the Tigers' 11-6 loss, gave the bullpen a fresh arm after five relievers threw Thursday afternoon and four Wednesday night, all ahead of Drew Smyly's first start of the season Friday night. Smyly lasted only three innings, guaranteeing another long night for the bullpen and giving Miller a chance to debut on his first day with the big league club.

"I just wanted to calm my nerves, go out there and throw strikes," Miller said.

While neither manager Brad Ausmus nor pitching coach Jeff Jones had a pitch count set for Smyly, both made it clear they would have to be cautious with him, because he hasn't been stretched out as a starter since the end of Spring Training -- nearly three weeks ago. He threw 51 pitches on April 4 and 49 pitches on April 9. Friday night, he labored, throwing 82.

Miller signed with Detroit last fall following his release from the Rangers organization.

The hard-throwing 25-year-old had a rough Spring Training, making him an early cut from camp, but he recovered nicely in Toledo. Miller threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings for the Mud Hens, allowing three hits with a walk and six strikeouts.

Collins made the Opening Day roster as a reserve outfielder, making the jump from Double-A Erie. He was supposed to give Detroit a left-handed bat off the bench and a potential platoon partner with Rajai Davis in left field, but he made just three starts over the first 12 games of the season. The 23-year-old went 2-for-14 with a walk and three strikeouts.

"Rajai got hot," Ausmus said. "He's hit the ball as well as anybody on the team, maybe the best. And the schedule didn't help."

By rule, Collins must stay in the Minors for at least 10 days before he's eligible to be recalled, unless the Tigers have to place a player on the disabled list. So if Detroit wants to add a bench player once its bullpen eventually gets some rest, it'll have to recall somebody else. Ezequiel Carrera could be a candidate, as could waiver pickup J.D. Martinez. Either would have to be added to the 40-man roster, but the Tigers have an open spot for that.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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