Full name is Tyler James Collins…resides in Lewisville, Texas during the offseason, with his wife, Carly... Graduated from Northwest High School in Justin, Texas... Selected as the American Baseball Coaches Association NJCAA Division I Player of the Year in 2011, batting .488 (105-for-215) with 34 doubles, four triples, 19 homers and 82 RBI as a sophomore at Howard College (Texas)... Named the top prospect in the Texas Collegiate League by Baseball America in 2011... Participated in the Dreams Come True program in Detroit, which provides for children battling life-threatening illness.
Played in 49 games with Detroit, batting .193 (29-for-150) with four doubles, one triple, five homers and 14 RBI… also appeared in 74 contests with Toledo (AAA), hitting .288/.358/.462 (75-for-260) with 14 doubles, two triples and nine homers... Recorded a career-best eight-game hitting streak, from April 6-18…hit .367 (11-for-30) during the streak... Posted consecutive three-hit games for the first time in his career, April 25, 27 vs. Seattle... Enjoyed his first multi-homer contest and drove in a career-high four runs, May 17 vs. Baltimore…took Ubaldo Jimenez deep twice (solo, three-run homers)... With Toledo, recorded his third career four-hit game on Sept. 2 vs. Indianapolis, going 4-for-4 with four singles… marked his first four-hit game since 2013 with Erie (AA).
Saw time with both Detroit and Triple A Toledo during the 2016 season -- hit .235 (32x136) with 14 runs scored, two doubles, three triples, four home runs and 15 RBI in 56 games with the Tigers, while he hit .214 (55x257) with 29 runs scored, seven doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBI in 68 games with the Mud Hens...Made the Tigers Opening Day roster for the second time in his career (last, 2014)...Optioned to Triple A Toledo on April 27...Had three hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs in his season debut with Triple A Toledo on April 29 at Charlotte...Recalled from Triple A Toledo on May 9...Optioned to Triple A Toledo on May 11...Drove in a season-high five runs and hit a home run on July 10 vs. Louisville...Recalled from Triple A Toledo on July 15...Hit a pinch hit home run in the ninth inning on July 24 at Chicago (AL) -- was his third career pinch hit homer (last, July 17, 2015 at Cincinnati)...Homered and tied a career high with three RBI on July 29 vs. Houston...Hit a walkoff sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning on August 31 vs. Chicago (AL) -- marked his first career walkoff RBI.
Split time between the Tigers and Triple A Toledo in 2015 -- hit .266 (51 for 192) with 18 runs scored, 11 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 25 RBI in 60 games with Detroit, while he hit .247 (47 for 190) with 21 runs scored, 10 doubles, two home runs and 20 RBI in 53 games with the Mud Hens. Had his contract recalled from Triple-A Toledo on May 19. Recorded first stolen base of his major league career on May 30 at Los Angeles Angels. Hit the second pinch hit home run of his career on June 17 at Cincinnati. Optioned to Triple-A Toledo on June 19. Hit a pair of home runs and drove in five runs on June 25 at Durham.Recalled from Triple-A Toledo on July 31. Hit safely in a career-high six straight games from August 11-19, hitting .429 (9 for 21) with two runs scored, three doubles and five RBI during the stretch -- also had a six-game hitting streak from September 27-October 4, batting .421 (8 for 19) with two runs scored, two doubles, one triple, one home run and eight RBI during the streak. Finished September/October with a .293 (22 for 75) batting average with eight runs scored, six doubles, one triple, two home runs and 13 RBI. Hit .286 (4 for 14) with lefthanded pitchers on the mound...batted .264 (47x178) against righthanded pitchers. Posted a .194 (20 for 103) batting average in home games...hit .348 (31 for 89) in road contests. Compiled a .349 (15 for 43) batting average with runners in scoring position. Hit .275 (14 for 51) with seven runs scored, one double, two triples, two home runs and seven RBI prior to the All-Star break...hit .262 (37 for 141) with 11 runs scored, 10 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 18 RBI after the All-Star break.
Appeared in 18 games with the Tigers as he spent the majority of the 2014 season at Triple-A Toledo...Made the Tigers opening Day roster for the first time in his career...Made his major league debut on opening Day versus Kansas City -- scored the game-winning run as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning...Connected for his first major league hit with an infield single in the eighth inning on April 9 at Dodger stadium...Had his contract optioned to Toledo by the Tigers on April 18...Knocked two home runs and recorded a season-high four RBI on June 26 versus Triple-A Gwinnett -- also recorded four RBI on July 13 versus Triple A Pawtucket...Compiled a season-best nine-game hitting streak July 6-17 -- batted .314 (11x35) during that stretch...Hit .286 (30x105) with 18 runs scored, eight doubles, one triple, one home run and nine RBI in 25 games during August...Recalled from Toledo by the Tigers on September 1 -- appeared in 11 games with the club in September, batting .400 (4x10) with two runs scored, one home run and four RBI...Connected for his first major league home run on September 1 at Cleveland, a pinch-hit blast in the ninth inning -- also established a career high with three RBI that same day.
Finished tied for third in the Eastern League with 21 home runs as he spent the entire 2013 season with Double A Erie...Posted an 11-game hitting streak April 21-May 4...Named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the week ending May 6...Had a season-high four hits and five RBI on July 24 versus Richmond...Batted .297 (30x101) with eight doubles, six home runs and 22 RBI in July.
Finished second in the Florida State League with 35 doubles as he spent the entire 2012 season with Single ALakeland -- tabbed the Lakeland Player of the Year. ... Fourth in the Florida State League with 137 hits, while he tied for fifth with 47 extra-base hits and tied for ninth with a.290 batting average. ... Fanned once every 8.47 plate appearances, the fifth-toughest batter to strike out in the Florida State League. ... Hit .337 (28x83) with seven doubles, a triple and nine RBI in 21 games during April. ... Batted .321 (25x78) with seven doubles, a triple and 14 RBI in 20 games during June. ... Collected a season-high four hits on July 29 at St. Lucie. ... Saw action in seven games during the Florida State League playoffs, hitting .367 (11x30) with two doubles, two triples,two home runs and five RBI ... Named the seventh-best prospect in the Tigers organization following the season by Baseball America.
Selected by Detroit in the sixth round of the June 2011 draft, he was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Tigers to beginhis professional career. ... Had his contract transferred from the Gulf Coast League Tigers to Single A Connecticut for the remainder of theseason on July 21 -- tied for fifth in the New York-Penn League with eight home runs. ... Rated as having the second-best pro debut among all junior college players selected in the draft by Baseball America. ... Belted a season-high two home runs on July 30 versus Batavia. ... Tabbed the New York-Penn League Player of the Week for August 8-14 after hitting .409 (9x22) with four doubles, ahome run and eight RBI in six games during the week. ... Batted .321 (34x106) with eight doubles, a triple, four home runs and 21 RBI in 27 games during August. ... Named the 13th-best prospect in the Tigers organization following the season by Baseball America. ... Saw action in 43 games with Sydney in the Australian Winter Baseball League following the season, hitting .298(50x168) with 14 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 22 RBI.