Matt Holliday had a tremendous career over 15 seasons in the big leagues with the Colorado Rockies, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the New York Yankees.
So it’s no surprise to see that his son, shortstop Jackson Holliday, ended up being the first prospect to come off the board in the first round of the MLB Draft last night.
The Holliday family is full of baseball talent that spans generations.
Now, it’s Jackson’s turn.
Holliday was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles, who had the first pick.
After he was drafted, MLB Network tweeted some insane numbers from Holliday’s final season at Stillwater High School.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 18, 2022
These are some astronomical numbers from Holliday.
It’s clear he’s got his father’s abilities in him.
A .685 average is unheard of, as is a 2.141 OPS.
Yes, you read that right.
Holliday hit for a .685 average and had an OPS of 2.141.
He also blasted 17 home runs.
This kid is going to be a superstar one day, just as his dad once was.
Those numbers are like video-game numbers.
Rarely are you going to see numbers that good.
You might not even see that at a professional level.
It’s clear that it was darn near impossible for pitchers to get Holliday out.
It’s no surprise that he was the first pick in the draft.
He’s different from his dad in that he’s a shortstop and hits from the left side of the plate.
But that doesn’t mean his ability to hit isn’t just as good as his dad’s.
The Orioles definitely got a good one when they picked Holliday.
He’ll be an exciting prospect to watch as he rises through Baltimore’s farm system.