Class: HS Senior
Hometown: Pembroke Pines, Florida
If the performance of Jeremy Martinez and Zack Collins are any indication, the catching crop of the 2013 high school draft class is going to be the best we’ve seen in quite some time.
Like Martinez, Collins has a realistic shot at sticking behind the plate. At 6’2” and 200 pounds he should be able to withstand the rigors of catching everyday, and he also has the athleticism to be a agile defender.
His bat, however, is what is going to get him drafted in the first-round. His sweet left-handed swing produces some of the best power in the 2013 crop. He showed that the proof is in the pudding in last month’s state championship game, which he clinched for Florida high school powerhouse American Heritage with a third-inning grand slam.
Heritage has also produced first-round talents Eric Hosmer (2008) and Deven Marrero (2012), each of whom was a member of the school’s last state champion.
Collins is committed to the University of Miami, but considering how high he’ll be going, and how much money will be thrown at him, it’s very unlikely he’ll ever set foot on campus.