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Timothy Michael Collins

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Tim Collins is a short left-handed pitcher who was included in two major trades in two weeks in July of 2010. He made his major league debut on Opening Day in 2011.

Collins was undrafted out of high school and was ready to attend the Community College of Rhode Island, but fellow Worcester, MA native and Toronto Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi saw Collins pitch and had him work out for the club. The Blue Jays signed the pitcher and he made his pro debut in 2007.

From 2007 to 2010, Collins, who stands only 5' 7", pitched in the Jays' organization, being used exclusively as a reliever. On July 14, 2010 he was traded to the Atlanta Braves with shortstop Alex Gonzalez and Tyler Pastornicky in return for Yunel Escobar and Jo-Jo Reyes. He had a 1-0, 2.51 record with 9 saves in 35 games for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the AA Eastern League at the time of the trade. Two weeks later, the Braves sent him to the Kansas City Royals at the trading deadline on July 31st, as part of the deal that brought P Kyle Farnsworth and OF Rick Ankiel to Atlanta in return for OF Gregor Blanco and P Jesse Chavez.

Collins made the Royals' staff in spring training of 2011 and made his debut on Opening Day, March 31st, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He pitched a scoreless 9th inning as the third Royals reliever to make his debut that day: Aaron Crow and Nathan Adcock had preceded him on the mound in relief of Luke Hochevar, and all three pitched well, not giving up a run in 3 1/3 innings. He earned his first major league win on April 3rd after pitching 3 innings of scoreless relief in a 12-9 win over the Angels. He posted a solid 3.63 ERA in 68 games as a rookie, with a record of 4-4. In 2012, he pitched another 72 games, went 5-4 and had a 3.36 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings.

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