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Thursday, February 17, 2022

Anthony Collier improved his concentration at Vero Beach; Saw six pro seasons, made AA

Vero Beach's Anthony Collier picked up three hits in this May 1992 game to improve his batting average to .374, leading the league, The Indian River Press Journal wrote.

Collier cited his concentration as leading to his early-season success, The Press Journal wrote.

"I'm concentrating a little more at the plate and just trying to hit it where it's pitched," Collier told The Press Journal. "When you're in there every day, you learn what pitches you can hit and what pitches you have problems with."

Collier ended up hitting well enough in that early stretch for high-A Vero Beach to make AA San Antonio that year, his fifth season as a pro. He returned to San Antonio the next season, but he didn't make it higher.

Collier's career began in 1988, taken by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the draft out of Muir High School in California.

Collier started with the Dodgers in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He hit .273 over 50 games. He then moved to rookie Great Falls for 1989. He hit .341 there over another 50 games.

Collier first arrived at Vero Beach in 1990. He played the season there, 115 games, and hit .276. He knocked a three-run double in a May game, The Press Journal wrote.

"I was thinking with a full count, I didn't want to let him get strike three on me," Collier told The Press Journal afterward. "It was high, but it was right there."

Collier made high-A Bakersfield for 1991, then returned to Vero Beach to start 1992. He arrived at San Antonio later that year. he hit .227 in 46 games there.

Collier then returned to San Antonio for all of 1993. He saw 83 games there and hit .207 to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,844
Made the Majors:1,291-33.6%
Never Made Majors:2,553-66.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:528
10+ Seasons in the Minors:322

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