Holloway scattered three hits and a walk over five scoreless innings while striking out a career-high 11 for High-A Jupiter on Sunday.
The 22-year-old right-hander has been overmatching Florida State League hitters with his big fastball -- when he's able to get it over the plate, that is. Holloway now has a 1.50 ERA and 39:22 K:BB through 30 innings, and he hasn't allowed a run in his last three starts (15.1 IP). This is his first full season back on the mound after Tommy John surgery in 2017, so some control issues aren't a huge surprise, and if he can tighten things up a promotion to Double-A later in the year could be in the cards.
Holloway was optioned to High-A Jupiter, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
Holloway is one of several Marlins hurlers in the minors with a monster fastball and a lot of things to work on. He had Tommy John surgery in 2017 and returned late in the 2018 season, so this will be his first full season back from the procedure.
Holloway touched 98 mph with his fastball during Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
While the actual results in the box score weren't impressive -- the right-hander allowed four runs in 1.1 innings -- Holloway's velocity turned plenty of heads. A 20th-round pick in 2014 out of high school who got an over-slot bonus, the 22-year-old has been brought back slowly by the Marlins after Tommy John surgery in 2017, but he seems ready to show what he's capable of. An assignment to High-A Jupiter to begin the season is likely, but he could advance quickly in a system starved for impact talent.
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