Collins is a junior first baseman from Troy University, and hit for a .360/.452/.631 line in 236 at-bats last year with 11 homers. He has a quick bat, good hand-eye coordination, and has hit for power and average in his time in college. Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game felt the pick was a good addition by the Pirates.
I'd expect to hear more players signing over the next day or two -- especially the college juniors and seniors -- as the Pirates start adding to their short-season teams. Michael Fransoso, a 27th round shortstop, is another player who will be signing in the next few days, although that's to be expected since he's a college senior. For draft signing rumors of other players, check out our update from yesterday.
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