Mets SS Amed Rosario has impressed his manager and teammates during his first week in the majors.
Rosario, who made his Mets debut last Tuesday against the Rockies in Colorado, has gone 4-for-22 with two triples and has been smooth at shortstop.
"In five or six games, you can see that this kid's going to be a very good player," Collins told Newsday on Sunday. "Obviously, there's a lot of things he's going to learn how to do and he'll do it on his own because he's a sharp kid."
"He's got great athleticism, plays with great energy," Collins added. "He's handled playing shortstop brilliantly."
Rosario hit a triple on August 3, which took him 11.2 seconds to get to third base. His time was the fastest ever recorded by MLB StatCast, which debuted in 2015.
"It brings a new dynamic for sure," Jay Bruce said of Rosario's speed, according to Newsday. "That's a double for almost everyone else on the team and to have him in scoring position right there, it's very valuable."
According to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo, Rosario reached 30.6 feet per second on his infield single that same afternoon, and 29 feet per second on his triple the next day.
Rosario has yet to play or run in enough games to qualify among the league leaders. However, by comparison, Billy Hamilton currently lead baseball by running 30 feet per second.
"He was kidding about it earlier," the team's current all-time triples leader, Jose Reyes, told MLB.com after Saturday's game. "He said to me, 'I got two [triples] and I've got 100 more to go to catch you.' So I told him, 'Stay healthy. The position's going to be there for you for a long time.'"
Michael Conforto, who made the jump from Double-A to the majors when he made his Mets debut in 2015, has also been impressed by Rosario.
"He seems much cooler and collected than I was," Conforto said. "Things move a little bit quicker up here, but I'm sure he will definitely settle in. He's incredible in the field, he's an incredible athlete and he'll start swinging the bat here soon, too."