T.J. Collett is making up for lost time this summer.

The University of Kentucky slugger was supposed to play in the Cape Cod League last year, but hip surgery kept him sidelined. Now he’s playing in the prestigious wood-bat league and has hit a team-best three homers in 13 games for the Brewster Whitecaps.

“I honestly really enjoy swinging those wood bats,” Collett said. “Ever since I was 14, 15 years old, I really liked the sound of it and it feels better. Obviously metal (bats) hit it a lot further, but there’s something about wood bats that makes it sound more like baseball.”

But Collett will be leaving those bats in the rack this weekend.

“I’m using the exact opposite of wood bats on Saturday,” he said.

Collett is one of six players who will compete in the 10th annual College Home Run Derby, which begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park. It will be aired on ESPN2.

Collett, who has hit 10 home runs each of the last two seasons for Kentucky, is capable of hitting homers in bunches. He hit homers in back-to-back innings for Brewster, and last season for the Wildcats, he hit three homers in three games during a tournament played at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. One of those homers landed in the upper deck.

Collett, who coming out of high school was selected in the 40th round of the 2016 MLB draft, has competed in home run derbies twice before. One was at the Cincinnati Reds’ Great American Ball Park. For this event, though, he reached out for some advice.

“I asked my old teammate, Tristan Pompey, and he said the two things (you need to do) were to breathe and soak it all in, have fun,” said Collett of Pompey, who represented Kentucky in the 2017 derby. “He said I won’t have to swing my hardest to hit a home run, so if you can swing a little softer, you can conserve some energy.

“Four minutes of swinging over and over and over, it’s exhausting.”

Collett is going to have his father, John, as his pitcher for the event.

“I couldn’t pass up the opportunity,” Collett said. “He’s thrown batting practice to me my whole life.”

Also in the field will be Mississippi’s Tyler Keenan, Wake Forest’s Chris Lanzilli, Duke’s Michael Rothenberg, California’s Quentin Selma and Northern Kentucky’s Griffin Doersching.

A record 190 home runs were hit by the six competitors during last year’s derby as Air Force’s Nic Ready edged Clemson’s Logan Davidson 21-20 in the final round. All six of last year’s competitors were selected in this month’s MLB draft, including four in the first eight rounds. Davidson was the 29th overall pick by Oakland.