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White Sox catcher James McCann helping Zack Collins adjust to majors

Collins hasn’t quite figured it out yet. Luckily for him, McCann is his locker mate.

Zack Collins is 2-for-17 (.118) since his September call-up.
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White Sox catcher Zack Collins hasn’t quite figured it out yet. Luckily for him, veteran catcher James McCann is his locker mate.

McCann has become a mentor to Collins. In doing so, he has helped him adjust to the big leagues, which can be more challenging at catcher than at other positions.

‘‘[What’s] tough about a catcher is when you get called up for the first time, you’re not only trying to learn yourself at the big-league level, but you’re also trying to learn every other hitter you’re calling a game against and every pitcher that you haven’t caught all season long,’’ McCann said.

The amount of information Collins, 24, has been flooded with has been overwhelming. They do scouting reports in the minors, too, but they’re not as extensive as those in the majors.

McCann has been available to Collins whenever he has questions.

‘‘James has helped me a lot with that in seeing how he does the scouting reports and how he gets prepared for the games,’’ Collins said. ‘‘[It’s] definitely kind of brought a whole new life to behind the plate.’’

As Collins is getting more comfortable behind the plate, his confidence at it has wavered. He went 0-for-2 as a designated hitter in the Sox’ 6-3 loss Thursday to the Royals and is 2-for-19 (.105) in seven games since being recalled. He made his major-league debut earlier this season.

‘‘The numbers I want to put up aren’t there,’’ said Collins, who batted .282 with 19 home runs and 74 RBI at Class AAA Charlotte this season. ‘‘At first I was kind of frustrated, but now I’m just going to continue to work . . . and learn from each experience.’’

Manager Rick Renteria said Collins just needs more reps to get into a rhythm. He’ll have Collins catch two of the Sox’ games this weekend against the Mariners.

‘‘We’re taking every opportunity and allowing him to get as much experience as possible in different modes and see if we can build on some of the things he had improved upon when he went back down to Charlotte,’’ Renteria said. ‘‘[We’re going to] see if we can key on that confidence and get him going.’’