WASHINGTON -- The home run power has finally cooled for Tigers outfield prospect Tyler Collins, but the 22-year-old left-handed hitter remains on a roll at Double-A Erie, where his .333 (11-for-33) average and six home runs over his last 10 games have raised his average on the season to .260 and his OPS to .903.
Collins, the Tigers' No. 6 prospect, homered six times in a five-game span from April 30 to May 4, earning him Eastern League Player of the Week honors. He hasn't homered since, but has been walked four times in as many games as opponents adjust their plans against him.
Collins has already matched his homer total from all of last season at Class A Lakeland, though that admittedly came in a pitcher-friendly home ballpark. Power totals often jump from Lakeland to Erie, though usually not to this degree.
Collins had a solid Spring Training with the Tigers before being sent down, batting .323 (10-for-31) with two doubles, two triples, a home run and five RBIs to solidify a place on the organizational map.