Cam Collier took a route that has rarely been taken – he graduated high school after his sophomore season and enrolled at Chipola Junior College this year. That allowed him to become draft eligible in what would have otherwise been his junior season of high school. Despite being younger than everyone on his team and in his league, Collier hit an impressive .333/.419/.537 at one of the top juco programs in the country with 25 walks and 33 strikeouts in 215 plate appearances.
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The performance and the future projection led to the Cincinnati Reds selecting Cam Collier in the 1st round of the 2022 draft. With the draft being held so late in the year now it’s almost just like it used to be for first rounders when the signing deadline was late in the year and most guys only wound up playing a few weeks before the season ended. That’s kind of how it goes now, but for all draft picks. Collier played in nine games after the draft. The Reds kept him at their complex out in Goodyear and the 17-year-old crushed the ball in his limited action, posting an OPS of 1.144 with more walks than strikeouts.
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Cam Collier Scouting Report
Position: Third Base | B/T: L/R
Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 210 lbs | Acquired: 1st Round, 2022 Draft
Born: November 20, 2004
Hitting | An above-average to plus tool. He can and does use the entire field. He also shows an advanced understanding of the strikezone despite his age, which bodes well for him being able to get the most out of his hit tool.
Power | He has plus raw power, but his swing and approach may not fully allow him to tap into that without some changes.
Speed | He is a below-average runner.
Defense | A solid-average defender at third base now. Some scouts, but not all of them, believe he may eventually slide over to first base down the road.
Arm | He has a plus to plus-plus arm.
There’s a lot to like about Cam Collier. Rarely have you seen someone his age do what he did in college – mostly because they are still high school juniors, but his numbers against college competition would have been good if he had done it in high school.
His bat is the selling card and no matter how you slice it up he projects to be an above-average hitter. The questions are exactly how he gets there. For him to get the most out of his power his all fields approach may need to be tweaked a little bit from where it’s at now as he will slap the ball the opposite way rather than try to hit for power to the opposite field. Perhaps with more time and experience and coaching that can change without doing much to the full field approach. But if he does have to give up a little more contact in order to get more power to the opposite field the power grade may go up while the hit grade could come down. There’s plenty of wiggle room on both, so it’s not necessarily a problem with either of them moving in one direction at the expense of the other.
Defensively there’s mixed thoughts on whether he ultimately winds up at first base in a decade or not because of his size. He’s got the bat to play at either corner infield spot, but there would be more value overall if he could remain at third base long term. Either way, though, if he does need to make that move it seems that the general consensus is that it won’t be something that happens soon.
While he will be just 18-years-old next year, Collier feels like a player who could move quickly through the organization. He’s got all of the tools and what seems like an advanced approach at the plate and good pitch recognition skills.
— Prospects Worldwide (@ProspectsWorldW) August 14, 2022
Cam Collier Spray Chart
Interesting Stat on Cam Collier
If you look at the spray chart above there are two things that really jump out at you. The first is that he went 3-3 on balls hit to the pitcher. The other is that he did not hit a single ball to right field. We are talking about a sample size of just 24 batted balls, but a left-handed hitter not putting one ball into right field even in that small number of balls in play feels strange.