It was a busy Tuesday for Royals rookie left-hander Tim Collins. He began his day visiting the MLB Fan Cave with fellow Royals Bruce Chen and Eric Hosmer. At night, he pitched two shutout innings against the NY Yankees. He followed that up with a visit to MLB Network studios and an appearance on MLB Tonight.
Collins last year with the FisherCats before his whirlwind second half.
Dan Plesac of MLB Network, who always seems to be drinking the Royals Kool-Aid, calls Collins â€œa little stick of dynamite.â€ Ken Rosenthal is deemed his biggest fan (though I know of a few who may be bigger fans).
When Collins was introduced in Studio 42, it was as the shortest player in the game. The three analysts stood up to show Collins short stature. Right now he is listed at 5â€™7, and I believe thatâ€™s true (I met him last year and looked right into his eyes and Iâ€™m 5â€™7). He was just 4â€™9 as a freshman in high school and played the outfield his first two years. He didnâ€™t begin pitching until his junior year.
â€œBeen told Iâ€™m not ever going to make itâ€¦I take that with me every time I take the mound,â€ Collins said in regards to his short stature and the critics.
The guys of MLB Tonight asked him about pitching at Yankee Stadium last night: â€œBe aggressive. I was really amped up.â€ Big crowd on hand and well, it was the Yankees.
They also asked him about warming up in the Yankees Stadium bullpen: â€œI didnâ€™t get any heckling. I was really surprised.â€ Yankee fans are known to pester the opposing teamâ€™s bullpen.
They talked about the surprising start for the Royals and what it has been like in the clubhouse. Collins said â€œthe atmosphere in the clubhouse has been outstanding.â€
Collins has made 20 appearances so far this season (the Royals have played 35 games). What has made him so resilient? â€œIâ€™m a big long toss guy, but Iâ€™ve had to shut it down a little bit.â€
The guys of MLB Tonight asked Collins for his take on the Royals and their future. In three years, â€œI think theyâ€™re [Royals] going to be unbelievable.â€
On Mike Moustakas: â€œMoustakas is unbelievable. Heâ€™s got the quickest hands Iâ€™ve ever seen.â€
On John Lamb: â€œJohn Lamb is electric.â€ They were long toss partners throughout spring training.
Yes I took a pic of my TV of Tim's mechanics
Collins also showed off his pitching mechanics in a Diamond Demo. He brings his leg above his head which gives him momentum (it was never really the plan to bring it that high up). He hides the ball so well that hitters canâ€™t pick it up until he just about releases it.
Collins was in studio during a live look-in of the SF Giants game in which Tim Lincecum was pitching. Collins admitted heâ€™s a â€œhuge fan of Lincecum, but not of the hair right now.â€ He also absolutely disagrees with Lincecum being listed as 5â€™11. Collins knows guys who played Lincecum in college and they said heâ€™s not over 5â€™8.
When asked who he looked up to, Collins was quick to answer with â€œBilly Wagner.â€ He was an inspiration to Collins.
When Collins takes the mound every night, the goal and mindset is â€œto get those guys out.â€
A pic of Tim in the studio (sorry my TV isn't the best)