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The Baltimore Orioles plan to give No. 1 overall prospect Jackson Holliday "a lot" of time at second base this spring.
A natural shortstop, Holliday will reportedly "stay warm" at shortstop but can certainly handle the keystone, as well. He will attend his first MLB spring training this season after the 20-year-old hit .338 with three home runs and three steals across 36 games at Double-A before hitting .267 with two homers and a stolen base across 18 games at the Triple-A level in his age-19 season in 2023.
The Baltimore Orioles have invited top prospect Jackson Holliday to MLB spring training.
The news comes as no surprise as Jackson is the universal No. 1 prospect in all of baseball. Drafted with the top pick of the 2022 MLB draft, Holliday is soaring through the minors, reaching Triple-A for 18 games to finish the 2023 season after mashing Double-A pitching for a .338 average with three homers and three steals across 36 games. He should see considerable big-league time in 2024 at just 20 years of age.
Jackson Holliday and the Orioles have reportedly been talking about a contract extension on a daily basis according to Scott Boras.
The recent reports suggest Holliday has a strong chance to make the Opening Day roster for Baltimore next season. We have seen a number of high profile players receive extensions before they play an MLB game.
Jackson Holliday reportedly has strong chance of making Opening Day roster.
Holliday is expected to see time at both second base and shortstop during Spring Training for Baltimore. “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. But he had a historic first full season in the Minors,” Orioles executive Mike Elias said. Elias added that Holliday won’t be treated like a prospect in Orioles camp but as a “guy trying to make the team.”
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde stated Monday that the team will take a “long look at him in the spring” in reference to Jackson Holliday.
Holliday turns 20-years-old today and has a real chance to make the major league roster out of spring training. The former No. 1 overall draft pick had a stellar season in the minor leagues, hitting .323, with 12 home runs, 75 RBI, and 24 stolen bases in 125 games between four levels of the Orioles’ organization. If the Orioles do not sign a veteran free agent infielder, it could signal that the team believes Holliday is ready to take an everyday role with the Orioles.