Apr 2, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Tyler Collins (18) at bat against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Could Austin Jackson's Exit Mean A Call-Up For Tyler Collins

As the clock on the trade deadline ticked down the Detroit Tigers pulled a last-minute deal that sent Austin Jackson, Drew Smyly and minor league SS Wily Adames out-of-town for left-handed Ace David Price.  The move bolstered the starting rotation but left the outfield a little short.

The focus for Dave Dombrowski was always pitching but it was speculated that the Tigers may trade for a left-handed power hitter as well. The problem with trading for a left-handed power hitter was where to put him in the line-up. But with the departure of Jackson there is an extra spot for an outfielder on the roster that could be filled by calling up LF Tyler Collins.

Tyler Collins made the 25 man roster out of spring training but was sent down to Toledo for some more seasoning after failing to catch-on in April.

But Collins has taken that temporary career set back and made the most of it.

The 24 year-old left-handed hitting outfielder has a OBP of .329 with 17 HR in 359 at bats for Toledo this season. If called up to the big  club, Collins could go a long way to providing the line-up with some left-handed power.

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