Cam Collier is a 17-year-old, second-generation aspiring MLBbro who was the No. 3-ranked prospect in his class. Collier, a power blasting, slick fielding 2022 MLB Draft prospect has been catching the eye of scouts since junior high school.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder by way of Mt. Paran Christian HS (GA), who was originally a 2023 prospect, reclassified to 2022 after advice from his former major league playing dad.
After landing at Chipola Junior College, Collier has put himself in position to be a first-round MLB Draft choice. Many believe he could even be a top five to ten selection. Collier’s work this spring has him squarely on the radar at the top of this year’s festivities.
Here’s what he had to say last August when he made the decision to reclass.
“I haven’t had the opportunity to talk to a lot of scouts yet, but it’s been cool to see where I rank and where I could maybe go in the draft. I think reclassifying is what’s best for my family and me with how well I played up this summer. For me, I just felt I was ready for the move.”
— True Temper Baseball (@truetemperbsbl) May 6, 2022
Collier’s Tutelage Comes Former MLB Dad
Growing up, Cam has been blessed to have his dad Lou who played eight seasons (1997-2004) in the majors for the Pirates, Brewers, Expos, Red Sox and Phillies. Lou was a utility player who spent time at third base, shortstop and outfield. That allowed him to show off a myriad of skills during his career. Son, Cam is a lot like his dad in that’s he’s capable of playing multiple positions, but his natural position will come at third or shortstop.
The Louisville Cardinals commit, is excited to have his dad in his corner throughout the draft process.
“It’s easier going through the draft process because he knows how it goes and has gone through it. He has helped guide me through the process, which has helped me a lot.”
His Natural Swing Is A Thing Of Beauty
Collier possesses great work ethic which is why his compact swing is impressive, advanced and effortless. That allows him to spray the ball to all parts of the field. His best strength right now is swinging the bat, not many 17-year-olds know how to work the count, but that’s already one of his biggest traits.
“I feel like my biggest strength is my ability to work an at-bat, staying off pitches and hitting my pitch. I think that’s my best trait right now.”
But he also knows he has so much room for improvement … especially defensively.
“I really think I need to improve my feet and and get them quick. I think if I can get my feet quicker, my defense will be a lot better.”
Collier’s Smooth Left-Handed Bat Has MLB Teams Salivating
Left-handed batters are more common now than in the past, but still a rarity in the grand scope of the game. That makes Collier a highly coveted prospect.
Here’s what Collier’s latest draft report had to say.
“Most of the excitement about Collier centers around his left-handed bat. He has a loose stroke with outstanding bat speed and uncanny bat-to-ball skills. For most of the summer, he squared just about everything up, using the whole field and not being bothered by premium velocity, and he continued to show professional at-bats this spring. There’s good raw power in his swing, with more likely to come. While he’s not a burner, he’s a solid runner.”
Watch out for this MLBbro because he has it all, including pedigree and power.