The Cincinnati Reds have officially signed Cam Collier. The word isn’t official via the organization yet, but Collier posted on his instagram photos of him signing a contract with “Officially a Red!!!”, so I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it’s official even if the team has not yet put out a press release stating it as such.
Jim Callis of MLB.com is reporting that the signing bonus is for $5,000,000. The slot value there was $3,659,800. Collier, as expected, got significantly more than the slot value of his selection.
From the start I stated that the Reds got the steal of the draft when they were able to get Cam Collier down at the 18th pick in the draft. He was rated as highly as the #2 prospect in the entire draft – by Keith Law of The Athletic – and was universally a top 10 prospect in the draft by all publications worth taking even sort of seriously.
The third baseman graduated high school early and headed off to Chipola Junior College in what would have normally been his junior year of high school. Chipola, one of the top baseball programs at the junior college level in the country, had Collier at third base all season and despite being just 17-years-old, he crushed the ball. In his 215 plate appearances for Chipola he hit .333/.419/.537 with 12 doubles, 8 home runs, 25 walks, and 33 strikeouts.
The scouting reports on Collier begin with the bat. He showed one of if not the best hit tool in the entire draft, and he also showed off raw plus power. The fact that he was also able to go to college and use those tools in games was perhaps the most impressive part of it all. Defensively he’s got plus arm strength and he’s currently at third base where he’s a solid defender. There are some questions about whether he will eventually have to move to another position if he outgrows third base, but that’s a situation that may need to be addressed in the future – or it may not. If it does, though, his bat projects to play anywhere on the field so it’s not much of a concern.
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