Disciplined Reds prospect Cam Collier reached base 5 times in 2023 debut

Cam Collier of Cotuit dives back to first.
Cam Collier of Cotuit dives back to first. / Ron Schloerb/Cape Cod Times / USA TODAY

The Cincinnati Reds might have a good one on their hands, folks. Perhaps the top high school talent entering last year's draft, Cam Collier inexplicably fell to No. 18. The Reds gladly swooped in to grab the talented 17-year-old and sent Collier to the Arizona Complex League to close out the 2022 season.

The 2023 season marks Collier's debut in Low-A. To give you an idea of how well-regarded his talent is, in his first game of the season Collier was batting third in the Daytona Tortugas lineup.

Collier rewarded his manager's confidence by going 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs, and three walks. There's no need to accelerate Collier's development, but his disciplined approach will get him to the big leagues rather quickly.

Disciplined Reds prospect Cam Collier reached base 5 times in 2023 debut.

Cam Collier took three straight balls to begin the game and then laced a single up the middle to score Carlos Jorge from third base. Collier then drew a five-pitch, bases loaded walk in the top of the second inning to bring in Michel Triana.

Collier struck out in his third at-bat, but drew a walk in his fourth plate appearance. The 18-year-old, who bats left-handed, smacked a two-out double on a 3-2 pitch that knotted the score at five runs apiece in the ninth inning and helped push Daytona to extra innings.

After taking a 7-6 lead in the top of the 11th, Collier's final plate appearance demonstrated his patience once more as he drew another free pass. The final score would hold and the Daytona Tortugas won their first game of the season.

When you look at all the young Cincinnati Reds prospects in the team's farm system, there's no reason to believe that Cam Collier won't be atop the organization's rankings by the end of the 2023 season. Currently, most outlets view Collier as a Top 100 prospect. MLB Pipeline sees him as No. 4 in the organization and No. 66 in all of baseball.

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