School: San Diego; Class: Junior
Position: SS; B/T: L/R
Height: 6-1; Weight: 185
Previously Drafted: N/A
Background: After spending a year getting his feet wet – and subsequently dominating – at Grossmont College, Holder, who batted .405 for the Green and Gold Griffins, transferred to the University of San Diego, where he’s starred as the club’s everyday shortstop for the past two seasons.
A two-sport athlete with one time aspirations of starring in basketball and on the diamond, he decided to give up his hoop dreams and focus solely on baseball. And it’s paying off. In a big way.
Holder, a 6-foot-1, lefty-swinging, silky smooth shortstop, batted a respectable .298/.358/.403 during his first season with San Diego, slugging seven doubles, a pair of triples, and three homeruns. He would also spend that summer playing for the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Cod League where he showed some serious on-base ability (.391), but posted a paltry .301 slugging percentage.
This season, however, Holder’s flashing significantly more power – he’s already doubled his previous high of seven doubles and equaled his output in triples and doubles. Overall, he’s batting .356/.428/.481.
Projection: Defensive-minded middle infielder who won’t hurt his team too much at the plate. Holder isn’t going to walk a whole lot – his career walk rate with San Diego is 7.3% – but he’s not going to swing-and-miss in bunches either. Not overly quick on the base paths and the power’s a below-average skill, Holder looks like a fringy big league regular. If his defense is as good as advertise he might be able to carve out a couple Zack Cozart, Adeiny Hechavarria, Brandon Crawford type seasons.
Ceiling: 1.5-win player
Floor: 0.5- to 1.0-win player
Grade: Second Round
Photo Courtesy of utsandiego.com.