The fact that Tyler Holt stuck on the major league roster for the entire season is less a product of his own performance and more a result of the Reds' woes with their other outfielders. The 27-year-old batted just .235 on the season, and although an 11.1 percent walk rate brought his on-base percentage to a respectable level, his putrid .296 slugging percentage and 23.1 percent strikeout rate limited his success in the sparse opportunities that he was afforded. Even his running game (historically a stronger aspect of his game) was cut down, as he was just 4-for-7 on stolen base opportunities. Better days don't seem to be on the horizon, either. Holt latched on with the Dodgers on a minor league pact over the offseason, and given their outfield depth in the majors and the minors, it seems like Holt's role in 2017 will be that of an organizational depth piece.
Holt signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Tuesday. Holt spent the entire 2016 season in the big leagues with Cincinnati, although he was outrighted upon the season's conclusion after batting .235 in his limited opportunities. Between this and the more established options the Dodgers have in place across the outfield, the 27-year-old seems to be destined for an organizational depth role.
Holt was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville on Monday. Holt made it through waivers unclaimed, and he'll now head into the offseason off the major league roster. The 27-year-old appeared in 106 contests this year, but he hit just .235 and didn't get a plate appearance over the final 11 games of the season, so it's unclear where his standing with the team will be going into spring training.
Holt went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Pirates. It was an impressive showing out of the leadoff spot for Holt, but it was also his first multi-hit game since early June. Even with Billy Hamilton (oblique) sidelined, Holt may need to string together a couple more solid performances before he begins seeing regular playing time.
Holt was bumped up to the leadoff spot Sunday with Zack Cozart (knee) scratched from the lineup, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. Holt was originally set to man center field and hit eighth Sunday, but he will get a hefty boost up the batting order with Mozart no longer starting.
Holt has just eight hits in his last 53 at-bats. Holt's sluggish production has lowered his batting average to .219 on the season, with just seven RBI. Unless he begins to offer the Reds more upside at the plate, Holt will likely continue to see limited playing time as Billy Hamilton's backup.