White Sox sign top draft pick Zack Collins, 10th round pick Zach Remillard of Coastal Carolina vying for national championship.
The White Sox officially announced on Friday the signing of its top draft pick in the 2016 MLB draft, Zack Collins. The junior catcher from the University of Miami, led the Hurricanes to a College World Series appearance this season.
Collins, the 10th overall pick in the draft agreed to a deal that includes a $3,380, 600 signing bonus. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn expressed his excitement about the addition of Collins to the organization in a press release courtesy of whitesox.com.
"We are extremely excited to add a player of Zack’s caliber to our organization. In addition to his baseball skills, Zack impressed us all with his maturity, leadership, competitiveness and passion for the game."
The White Sox top draft pick will throw out the first pitch before Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. While Collins will appear in front of White Sox fans on Saturday, another White Sox draft pick will be playing in an elimination game in the College World Series.
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Zach Remillard, the White Sox 10th round pick is vying for a national championship with Coastal Carolina University. The Chanticleers need a victory over Texas-Christian University on Saturday in order to reach the championship round of the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Coastal Carolina has been the Cinderella of the College World Series. They were able to beat North Carolina State University in the Raleigh regional. Coastal Carolina followed that with an improbable sweep over Louisiana State University in the super regionals. This provided Coastal Carolina with its first trip to the College World Series.
Remillard is hitting .345 this season with 16 doubles, 19 home runs and 71 runs batted in. In the Chanticleers season saving 4-1 victory over TCU on Friday, Remillard went 0-for-3 with one walk. Coastal Carolina will need a victory over TCU on Saturday to advance to the College World Series finals. If the Chanticleers advance, they will face either Oklahoma State University or the University of Arizona.