Collins, Royals bullpen hopes to heat up in 2013

SURPRISE, Ariz..- 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.

Collins increased his strikeouts while lowering his walks.

His performance earned him a spot on the U.S. roster in the World Baseball Classic.

With the addition of James Shields, Ervin Santana and Wade Davis to the rotation, the Kansas City bullpen may not have to work as many innings this season with the starters going deeper into games.