The Orioles are promoting shortstop prospect Jackson Holliday from Double-A to Triple-A, the Norfolk Tides announced Tuesday. Holliday, the son of former All-Star outfielder Matt Holliday and the top prospect in all of baseball, is thus poised to play at his fourth different level in 2023.
The 19-year-old Holliday started out the season at the Low-A Carolina League, and subsequent promotions to High-A and then Double-A followed. Across those rungs, he's slashed .333/.451/.517 with 45 extra-base hits, 85 walks, and 23 stolen bases in 107 total games this season. This latest promotion comes after Holliday put up a line of .338/.421/.507 in 36 games for Double-A Bowie despite being much younger than his peer group.
In early June of this year, our own R.J. Anderson undertookand ranked Holliday No. 1. Here's part of what he wrote about Holliday:
"Holliday has middle-of-the-order offensive upside, complete with the ability to hit for average and power alike, as well as middle-of-the-infield defensive skills. (The Orioles have cross-trained him at second base to bolster their options.) A veteran talent evaluator said that Holliday is so far ahead of the pack that, if they could, they would trade their club's two best prospects (both well-regarded in their own right) for him."
The Orioles made Holliday the top overall pick of the 2022 draft out of Stillwater High School in Oklahoma. Expectations for any No. 1 pick are inevitably lofty, and Holliday in his brief professional career has exceeded even those. He's looking every bit like a future star, and this puts him in line to make his MLB debut at some point, probably early, in the 2024 season.
The first-place Orioles are already flush with young stars, and the ascent of Holliday only improves their long-term outlook.