SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Tim Collins is listed at 5-foot-7, which might be generous. His presence in the Kansas City Royals' bullpen, however, looms quite large.
The left-hander led AL relief pitchers with 93 strikeouts in only 69 2-3 innings last season.
"I was surprised," Collins said. "My strikeouts were up a lot from the year before. That's not something I tried to do. My command was a lot better, so it just happened I got a lot more strikeouts."
Collins struck out 60 and walked 48 in 67 innings as a rookie in 2011. In 2012, his walks dropped to 34, while he struck out 33 more.
"I always had a lot of strikeouts in the minor leagues," he said. "My command suffered a little bit my first year. I think that's where my strikeout numbers suffered. The following year my walks were down, my command was better and my strikeouts were up. I put myself in a lot more situations and counts where I was able to throw my strikeout pitches and get more strikeouts."
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