Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Weekly Check In: Kyle Holder

The Wednesday morning check in has been reserved for the Yankees top first base prospect Greg Bird all season long but with him getting playing time every single day here in the Bronx we had to move on. We're happy for Bird and we're more than happy to check in with another prospect, that prospect will be the Yankees first round pick in the 2015 MLB First Year Player's Draft Kyle Holder.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman caught a ton of flack from the fans and around the league for drafting Holder with their second first round pick of the draft but I think many have eased off of the second guessing. has Holder listed as the Yankees 13th best prospect in the system and they have a ton of great things to say about him, seen below:

Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 30 | Run: 50 | Arm: 55 | Field: 65 | Overall: 50

Holder attended Grossmont (Calif.) JC with the intention of playing baseball and basketball before opting to focus on the diamond. That decision paid off as he blossomed into a first-round pick after a year at Grossmont and two at San Diego, going 30th overall to the Yankees in June and signing for $1.8 million.

Holder was the best defensive player in the 2015 Draft, and the best defensive shortstop from the college ranks in recent memory. The same athleticism that made him a quality guard in basketball translates well to baseball. His range, hands and footwork are all outstanding, and he also has a solid arm.

While he's a potential Gold Glover, Holder may not contribute much offensively. He makes contact at the plate, but he doesn't drive the ball or draw walks very often. An average runner, he'll almost certainly bat at the bottom of a big league order.


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