Last night saw Cam Collier, the Cincinnati Reds 5th rated prospect, hit two home runs for the Dayton Dragons as part of a 3-hit night that just continued his hot start to the 2024 season. Collier saw his 11-game hitting streak come to an end on Wednesday (dating back to the end of the 2023 season), but he did his part to start a new one on Thursday night.

There’s a few things to note about Collier’s night and his season thus far. Let’s start with the fact that both of his home runs came off of left-handed pitching. Last year while playing with Daytona, Collier hit just one of his six home runs on the season off of a lefty. He hit lefties better than righties last season overall, but just had that one home run against them in 105 plate appearances against them.

The three hits in the game also pushed his season line to .340/.354/.681 on the year through 11 games played. Collier’s second in the league in slugging and seventh in OPS. He’s leading the league with his five home runs and his 16 RBI. He’s also fifth in the league in runs scored and tied for second in the league with 16 hits.

Ariel Almonte puts on a show

It’s been a tough start to the season for Ariel Almonte, but on Thursday night he put on a show for Daytona in their 11-inning win over Bradenton. In the 4th inning he hit a go-ahead 2-run home run. It came off of the bat at 113.7 MPH. All of the ballparks in the Florida State League, except in Daytona, have pitch and hit tracking data that the public gets (Daytona has it, but it doesn’t go public – the teams in the league all get that information, though). Unless someone has topped 113.7 MPH while in Daytona, that’s the hardest hit baseball of the season in the entire league (tied with teammate Yerlin Confidan, who also hit a ball at 113.7 MPH last night – hit was a groundout).

In the 8th inning the game was tied up and a runner was on first base when a single through the infield wound up in right. That’s where Almonte fielded the ball and with the runner trying to go first to third, he fired an absolute laser to third to record the second out of the inning.

2 Responses

  1. MK

    He has really added some muscle over the winter. He was pretty skinny guy last year.

  2. Stock

    Here is to hoping Collier is not off to a hot start. Hopefully, From May 1 on his OPS is 1.1 or better.