Baseball America put out their comprehensive list of minor league free agents today. The Phillies have a decent amount of players up for free agency. For the most part players that reach minor league free agency have little in the way of ceiling left. Occasionally some guys slip through with a ceiling of being a contributor to a major league team. For the Phillies one guy really falls into that category. but first the complete list.
Lets Talk About Zach Collier:
Collier was the #34 overall pick in the 2008 draft, he was raw but a lot more polished than fellow first rounder Anthony Hewitt. The biggest problem for Collier over the years has been a lack of playing time due to injuries and a drug suspension (self medicating for undiagnosed ADD). The lack of playing time really shows up in how inconsistent he has been at the plate. Collier was outrighted off the 40 man roster this summer after hitting .222/.311/.335 in the first half of the season. Over the second half of the year he went on a torrid pace including and August where he hit .284/,348/.605 giving him a very respectable line on the year. He is only 4 months older than Aaron Altherr and actually out hit Altherr in AA this year. The thing with Collier is he does have a major league role, he can play solid center field defense, can handle both corners, he has 70 grade speed and may be able to be molded into a base stealer. At the plate he has bat speed, he has sneaky pop (hit 9 HRs in 86 games), and he has the correct platoon split (he hit .259/.332/.455 against RHPs). All in all he doesn’t have the monster ceiling we were looking for, but he does have the pieces to be a major league piece for a team in a 4th/5th OF role. That is worth a minor league pickup for every team.