White Sox: Seby Zavala, Zack Collins Could Make Their Debuts in 2019
White Sox could have both catching prospects make their major league debuts later this year. Each catcher still has more development in the minors left.
When the White Sox drafted Zack Collins with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 MLB draft, he was viewed as a potential catcher of the future for the franchise. After two seasons in the Sox farm system, Collins might not be looked at as the catcher of the future for the Sox but another prospect is.
Seby Zavala, a 12th round draft pick of the Sox in 2015, surpassed Collins in the minors and is much closer to making his major league debut later this year. Collins still has the possibility to make his major league debut this year as well, but Zavala appears to be on track to be the Sox catcher of the immediate future.
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Collins has struggled since being drafted and ended last season with Double-A Birmingham. Zavala, on the other hand, became a breakout player in the Sox farm system and ended his 2018 season with Triple-A Charlotte. Zavala had a good season with the Barons last year as he hit .271 through 56 games to go along with 11 home runs and a .830 OPS.
With the Knights, Zavala did have trouble adjusting to Triple-A pitching after he was promoted. Zavala owned a slash line of .243/.267/.359 through 48 games with Charlotte. If Zavala is going to make his major league debut in 2019, he will need a much better showing with the Knights this upcoming season.
For Collins, he will need to also improve offensively this season but in Double-A and Triple-A. Last season, Collins hit just .234 through 122 games with the Barons. Collins did, however, display a good eye at the plate despite his low batting average. The 23-year-old had 101 walks despite striking out 158 times.
Collins also managed to hit 15 home runs to go along with 24 doubles for Birmingham. Hitting for a high average might not be in the cards for Collins, but his ability to hit for power and take walks could help him progress through the Sox farm system. The Sox could have both Zavala and Collins in the Majors later this year. For that to happen, each player must develop well in the minors.