Mike Wilson and Curran Collins showed a glimpse of the strength both batters encompass. Wilson will be a sophomore this coming fall at Lindenwood University where he batted .353 as a true freshman. Collins a graduate of Quincy University batted just under .300 this past season with 10 bombs.
Wilson and Collins both Metro Collegiate Players this summer, entered in the leagues All-star festivities for the Homerun derby. Wilson and Collins both hit some homeruns that still might be floating towards the skies. Collins would end up winning the derby hitting 4 homeruns in the final round.
Wilson a 5’9, 185 pound catcher who attended Francis Howell North High School bats from the left side of the plate with extremely quick hands to the plate. Wilson adds to his hitting ability a good batters eye that enabled him to have 12 walks in 21 games this summer. That number up from his 12 walks at Lindenwood in 43 games.
Wilson on defense has a decent pop and a good arm to second. Keeping his arm controlled only can help Wilson keep runners from the thought of stealing.
Wilson has an in game intensity that is hard to find amongst many D2 catchers and is an element that comes from playing high level ball. Wilson will be a player who can continue to build on his craft and see a possibility to play past college.
Collins on the other hand is a guy who will be searching for a ball club to pick him up at the end of this July. Collins batting a .345 clip this summer with 6 bombs has certainly helped his status out. Collins a 6’0 200 lb. first baseman has immense power at the plate.
Collins is quick to turn on the inside pitch with great hip strength that extends all the way through his hands as he swings. Collins handles himself with extreme confidence at the plate. Seemingly never falling behind mentally no matter the count he finds himself in.
If Collins can find a way to lessen his strikeout to walk ratio he could find his way onto a club for this fall.