Zack Collins among first White Sox roster cuts

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox announced five roster moves Friday, reassigning catcher Zack Collins, right-hander Spencer Adams, left-handers Brian Clark and David Holmberg and outfielder Courtney Hawkins to minor league camp.

Collins was the team’s top pick (No. 10 overall) in the 2016 draft.

The Sox have 54 players remaining in major-league camp: 29 pitchers, five catchers, 12 infielders and eight outfielders.

Collins is expected to be available for continued playing time in Cactus League games. He is 3-for-8 with a double, RBI, two walks and three strikeouts. He also has two stolen bases. A likely starting point for the Miami University product is Class A Winston-Salem.

White Sox catcher Zack Collins signs autographs at the White Sox baseball spring training facility Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

“He got here and was real comfortable with the pitchers right out of the chute,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He started receiving a little easier. I think [catching coordinator John Orton] and [bullpen coach Mark Salas] were talking about how at the beginning he was snapping at pitches and all of the sudden he started receiving pitches. “Good position behind the plate, was sticking a lot of pitches during the game he was playing in.”

Collins’ best asset is his hitting and it has shown in Cactus League games.

“He was standing in the box with a lot of comfort,” Renteria said. “He’s a very confident hitter. I thought he handled game-calling pretty well too. I know it’s a short snippet, but we really liked what we saw.”

 


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