Zach Collier, OF
Born: 9/8/1990 in Chino Hills, California
The 2008 Draft was a critical moment for the future hopes of the Phillies organization. With seven picks of the first 136 thanks to compensation picks for losing Aaron Rowand and unsigned selections, there was pressure on the team’s scouts to come up with at least a few big hits to add to the farm. They did just that, finding several top talents to boost the system. The most important player chosen that year could turn out to be Zach Collier (34th overall), a lefty outfielder said to be in the Garrett Anderson mold who still has plenty of room to grow before he can really cash in on his potential.
Though Collier’s statistics don’t look impressive after one full season spent between Williamsport and Lakewood, what they show is a teenager swimming a little bit as he adjusts to pro ball. When he starts next year, likely back at Lakewood before a jump to Clearwater, Collier will be 19 and beginning to fill out physically. He still has about 30 pounds to add to his frame, and once he does that the power numbers will improve quickly. He has a line-drive swing, and if he learns to elevate the ball and get some backspin on it, his strength will translate better and result in extra-base power.
In addition, Collier still has plenty of room for coaching to influence his future. He has good speed but needs to improve his baserunning. He has plenty of internal power but needs to learn how to unlock it. He has a quick swing but needs to learn how to maximize its effectiveness. This may all seem like a lot, but at 19 Collier is more than young enough to give his coaches time to work their magic. A year or two ago the Phillies were in the same spot with Michael Taylor and Domonic Brown, who had all the tools but lacked the polish needed to be put on the fast track to the Majors. As Collier makes his way through the system and learns from the same minds that helped Brown and Taylor mature into well-rounded ballplayers, he should develop in much the same way. That’s not to say he will be on their level by next year, but if he tacks on some muscle and uses his natural ability the potential is there for rapid growth.
“”I understand I’m just out of high school, and I have to develop more, grow into my body,” Collier told the Inquirer in June. “I’m so young I don’t have the physical strength I will have. But I believe that I’ll get there.”
Growing up in California, Collier played on summer league baseball teams with Lakewood speedster Anthony Gose. His friend and teammate is ahead of him on the learning curve right now after leading all of the minor leagues in stolen bases this season, but Collier has a much higher ceiling. Of all the players in the Phillies system, Collier has the best chance of bursting onto the scene next season with a breakout campaign, much like Taylor did in 2008. If he can do that, Collier will add even more top-shelf talent to a very deep pool of Phillies outfielders in the minor leagues.
Year Level AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB AVG OBP SLG
2008 ROOK 129 35 9 1 0 19 17 28 5 .271 .347 .357
2009 A- 137 31 10 1 1 13 9 42 7 .226 .280 .336
2009 A 298 65 16 7 0 32 23 80 13 .218 .275 .319
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5. Zach Collier, OF
6. Trevor May, RHP
7. Joe Savery, LHP
8. Vance Worley, RHP
9. Sebastian Valle, C
10. Mike Stutes, RHP
11. Antonio Bastardo, LHP
12. Anthony Gose, OF
13. Colby Shreve, RHP
14. Anthony Hewitt, 3B
15. Justin De Fratus, RHP
16. Sergio Escalona, LHP
17. Yohan Flande, LHP
18. Julian Sampson, RHP
19. John Mayberry, Jr., OF
20. Mike Cisco, RHP
21. Freddy Galvis, SS
22. Jonathan Pettibone, RHP
23. Domingo Santana, OF
24. Jonathan Singleton, 1B
25. Drew Naylor, RHP