Jackson Holliday, the No. 1 pick of the 2022 MLB Draft, has the look of a future star.
The Baltimore Orioles appear to have a special player in their system, one that hasn’t stopped hitting since turning pro.
He now has four home runs on the young minor league season, two in Low-A, and two in his current level, High-A.
He went yard in his High-A home debut, and everybody got a peek of his immense hitting talent.
Home for the Hollidays‼️
Jackson Holliday homers in his first home game since his promotion to High-A Aberdeen pic.twitter.com/VclkqzTmmK
— Orioles Player Development (@OsPlayerDev) May 10, 2023
The Orioles placed the 19-year-old shortstop in Low-A to start the year.
He was too good for that level, with a .392/.523/.667 line, two homers, and three stolen bases in 13 games and 65 plate appearances.
He is now in High-A, where he is currently slashing .310/.431/.524 with two round-trippers and five thefts.
The Orioles would probably prefer if Holliday had to deal some adversity.
In prospect growth, it’s important to let them make necessary adjustments to navigate through slumps.
This skill will come in handy when they have to face MLB pitchers later down the road.
With Holliday, that moment hasn’t happened yet.
Last year, after getting drafted, he was similarly good in the Florida Complex League and Low-A.
If he keeps showing that High-A is no match for his talent, they will have no choice but to promote him to the high minors.
Of course, he just has 11 games in High-A, so he will be staying there for a while.
We are in presence of a special prospect, one with incredible bat-to-ball skills and plate discipline.
He also has power and speed, making him a complete player.
He should be in the Orioles infield no later than 2025.NEXT: Orioles Pitcher Threw A Bizarre Wild Pitch Against The Rays