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Tyler Holt debuted for the Indians in 2014 and looked good

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Defense? Who’s talking about Defense? Mr. Holt would definitely upgrade the defense, but I am not certain the stick will play as a full time hitter.

Tyler Holt makes one of the few outstanding defensive plays made in the outfield in 2014
Tyler Holt makes one of the few outstanding defensive plays made in the outfield in 2014
Jason Miller

Tyler Holt

  • Position: Outfielder
  • Age: 25
  • Acquired: tenth round pick, 2010 draft

With all of the defensive miscues (Ryan Raburn, David Murphy, Eliott Johnson and Mike Aviles to name a few) in the outfield last year, the Tribe does have an option to upgrade if they like in Tyler Holt.

Holt was drafted in 2010, the year that Drew Pomeranz and LeVon Washington were the prized draftees. He became the third member of that Indian draft class to each the show, after Pomeranz and Cody Allen (sixteenth round). He is also only the second player from that round to reach the majors, with Mario Hollands edging him out by a half season.

Drafted out of Florida State as a 21 year old junior, he reported to Lake County and got into just 22 games. He spent all of 2011 in Kinston, putting up a 254/365/325 line. He had a woeful 106 strikeouts, but also walked 76 times and stole 34 bags. He started 2012 in A+ again (this time with Carolina as the affiliates had changed) and was promoted to Akron midseason. His overall line for 2012 was very similar to 2011, 258/340/320, 103 strikeouts, 62 walks and 29 steals.

Which is why in 2013, he spent the year in Akron. He improved somewhat, hitting 267/338/359, cutting the strikeouts down to 90, while still walking 55 times and swiping another 28 bases. There was improvement with the slugging finally coming up a bit, btu it was almost all on doubles. So the front office had him head back to Akron to start 2014.

He spent two months there, improving his stroke to a 298/416/347 line and walking more then he struck out (27/26). He spent June and July in Columbus and had his best stretch yet, 317/425/413 with another 19 stolen bases, 38 walks and 43 strikeouts. When Michael Bourn landed on the DL for a second time this year, Holt got his first call-up.

He rode the Cleveland-Columbus shuttle for the next few weeks before arriving to stay in Cleveland on August 19. All in all, he started in 17 games this season, while appearing in 35 total. His best day for the Tribe was the doubleheader he played against the Diamondbacks on August 13. He went four for eight, including his first MLB hit off Vidal Nuno. He finished with a mediocre 268/307/296 line in Cleveland while striking out 25 times and walking just thrice.

2014 Grade: B

Holt showed very good plate discipline in AA and AAA this year, but that completely disappeared when he got to Cleveland. His defense continued to be stellar and he continues to possess speed. He has little to no power at this point however. This would be a B- ranking if not for his defensive abilities.

2015 Outlook

If the Indians wanted to carry a defensive specialist as their fourth outfielder next season, the choice could easily be Holt as he can play all three positions. The other defensive specialist, Carlo Moncrief, cannot play center. I am betting Holt spends most of 2015 in AAA again, waiting for one of the top four outfielders to land on the DL.

He will never likely be an everyday starter in the majors, but his splits are adequate (833 LHP/729 RHP in minors this year). He is under team control through 2020 and doesn't qualify for arbitration until 2017. While useful as a fourth outfielder, with the emergence of Ramsey and the next wave of outfielders right behind him, I can see Holt being used a trade chip as an additional piece this offseason or next.

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2010 21 CLE-min A 22 89 70 12 20 8 2 0 8 5 3 15 12 .286 .409 .457 .866 32 3 1 1 2 0 LCO · MIDW
2011 22 CLE-min A+ 123 536 449 66 114 18 4 2 26 34 6 78 106 .254 .365 .325 .691 146 5 2 5 2 0 KIN · CARL
2012 23 CLE-min A+,AA 136 610 532 77 137 15 9 0 34 29 12 62 103 .258 .340 .320 .660 170 13 5 10 1 0 CAR,AKR · CARL,EL
2013 24 CLE-min AA 133 589 521 83 139 24 9 2 42 28 7 55 90 .267 .338 .359 .697 187 16 3 7 3 0 AKR · EL
2014 25 CLE-min AAA,AA 98 428 351 74 107 19 1 2 30 31 6 66 71 .305 .416 .382 .798 134 5 3 5 3 0 CLB,AKR · IL,EL
2014 25 CLE AL 36 76 71 4 19 2 0 0 2 2 2 3 25 .268 .307 .296 .602 75 21 1 1 1 0 0 9/87
1 Yr 36 76 71 4 19 2 0 0 2 2 2 3 25 .268 .307 .296 .602 75 21 1 1 1 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 342 320 18 86 9 0 0 9 9 9 14 113 .268 .307 .296 .602 75 95 5 5 5 0 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/21/2014.