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Zack Collins among first White Sox roster cuts of spring training

Zack Collins among first White Sox roster cuts of spring training

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox made their first roster cuts of spring training, reassigning 2016 first round pick Zack Collins and four other players to minor league camp on Friday. 

Right-hander Spencer Adams, left-handers Brian Clark and David Holmberg and outfielder Courtney Hawkins will join Collins on the minor league side of things at Camelback Ranch. 

Collins, the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft had three hits, drew two walks and stole two bases in 10 plate appearances as a non-roster invitee. He spent his time in White Sox camp working on his catching skills in an effort to begin to establish himself as the White Sox catcher of the future

Hawkins, the White Sox first round pick in 2013, singled three times in 13 Cactus League at-bats with one strikeout. Clark turned in 3 2/3 scoreless innings, while Holmberg allowed two runs in 3 1/3 innings and Adams allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings. 

The White Sox now have 54 players in major league camp. Manager Rick Renteria said Thursday he's targeting March 15 to begin to focus on the players who could be a part of the White Sox opening day roster. 

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.

Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.

Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.

It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.

Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.

Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.

Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.

 

Jose Abreu still leading AL first basemen to start 2018 MLB All-Star Game

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Jose Abreu still leading AL first basemen to start 2018 MLB All-Star Game

Last week, Jose Abreu had a nearly 26,000 vote lead to start the 2018 MLB All-Star game over Red Sox first basemen Mitch Moreland. But now Abreu can take a brief sigh of relief on his quest to Washington.

MLB updated the American League fan ballot standings Tuesday for the Midsummer Classic. The Sox first baseman now has a lead on Moreland by over 138,000 votes.

This an encouraging sign for Abreu and White Sox faithful. Are fans taking notice of Abreu’s production this season?

His numbers this year include a slash line of .283/.338/.500. He also has 11 homers, 41 RBIs and 26 doubles. For his career, Abreu has a .299 average, 135 homers and 451 RBIs in 683 games.

He ranks first among AL first basemen in hits, doubles, RBIs, SLG and OPS. In other major offensive statistics, Abreu ranks near the top 10 for almost all of them.

Abreu is a cornerstone in the White Sox rebuild and if he does indeed start, it could be huge for his confidence and the team.

An All-Star nod this season would also mean a second career appearance in the game. He debuted in his rookie year (2014) as a reserve.

If fans indeed vote Abreu in as a starter, he would be the first position player to start for the White Sox since Frank Thomas did it back-to-back as a first baseman in 1994 and 1995.

There is still time to cast your votes to see Abreu start the Midsummer Classic. The AL will have another updated voting ballot June 26.