Zack Collins selected in first round of MLB First-Year Player Draft

Miami Hurricanes catcher 10th overall pick of Chicago White Sox


CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Junior catcher Zack Collins was selected Thursday night by the Chicago White Sox in the first round of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, becoming the first Hurricanes player to go in the first round since 2010.

Collins was the 10th overall pick and the first Miami player to be selected by the White Sox since 2009. He is the 14th Major League Baseball first-round draft pick in school history.

"I'm very excited to hopefully compete for a national championship coming up, and then get my professional career started for the White Sox," Collins said. "I'm proud to be a part of such a great organization."

Collins, a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award honoring the nation's top catcher, batted .358 for the Hurricanes this season. He leads the team with 13 home runs and 53 RBI.

The Pembroke Pines native is also a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award honoring the nation's top collegiate player.

Miami hosts Boston College this weekend in a best-of-three super regional, with the winner advancing to the College World Series.

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