Detroit Tigers: Tyler Collins heads to Toledo after clearing waivers

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Apr 30, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Tyler Collins (18) against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Tyler Collins (18) against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Tigers fans could see Tyler Collins with the team at some point in the future. The team announced in a tweet that Collins is headed to Triple-A Toledo after clearing waivers.

Detroit Tigers outfielder Tyler Collins will stay in the organization.

The outfielder entered the year as a potential starter for Detroit.

With Cameron Maybin traded and J.D. Martinez, the opportunity for the out-of-options for Collins was certainly there.

In 40 games, the 26-year-old certainly showed promise, with multiple three-hit outings against Seattle in late April, as well as a multiple home run effort against Baltimore on May 17.

However, the overall numbers for Collins weren’t there.

His WAR sits at 0.0, while he struck out 31.5 percent of the time.

What’s more, Collins registered a 70 wRC+, a .278 wOBA and a .138 ISO.

In another season, those numbers would been fine for Collins in a reserve role. However, Detroit’s outfield depth has improved significantly this season.

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Jim Adduci broke out with a 0.7 WAR, eight runs scored, seven RBI, four doubles, two triples and a stolen base in 44 at-bats before hitting the disabled list.

The Tigers also have Alex Presley, who has shown well in limited playing time.

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With JaCoby Jones earning playing time with his defense, Mikie Mahtook representing a controllable option and Andrew Romine showing the ability to play in the outfield, the need for Collins wasn’t as dire.

Collins was designated for assignment to make room for Presley, and now it looks like he’ll be sticking around in the organization.

Detroit’s official Twitter account on Sunday tweeted the following:

"“The #Tigers today announced that OF Tyler Collins has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Toledo.”"

Collins will now head to Triple-A Toledo, where he is a .246 career hitter.

He’s also mashed 34 doubles, 27 home runs and two triples in 242 games at the minors’ highest level.

The outfielder has also posted a .317 on-base percentage, a .376 slugging percentage and a .693 OPS.

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Moving forward, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him back with the Detroit Tigers at some point in the future.

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