Jackson Holliday Has Record Setting Season

Scott Hood
OK/MO/KS/ARK Assistant Scouting Director

It took 12 years for someone to break JT Realmuto's single season hit record and he finally was displaced by another Oklahoman in Jackson Holliday.  Holliday finished his senior season with remarkable state line through 40 total games that saw him hit .685 in 130 at bats collecting a new national record of 89 hits.  Those record of number of hits also came with plenty of damage with a slugging percentage of 1.392 consisting of 29 doubles, 6 triples, and 17 home runs.  He drove in a total of 79 RBI to go along with walking 33 times to only 7 strikeouts on the year.  It wasn't just his bat that was impressive in 2022.  He also added 30 stolen bases to his stat line and fielded at a .980 fielding percentage with only three errors all season from the shortstop position.

Holliday has been a well-known name for many years with not only having the big-league pedigree in the family but showing signs of an accomplished young hitter with a real feel for the barrel in the zone.  He took his game to a new level this spring that has seen him start to jump up the draft boards and has a real shot of landing in the top half of the first round or possibly higher.  From a scouting perspective he checks a lot of the boxes teams are looking for when drafting a prep shortstop with high levels of athleticism and complete control over the batter's box.  He has made good strides with his frame adding more strength while maintaining his above average speed, and has shown more range in the field over a year's time.  He has always had smooth actions and bounce defensively and the arm strength has made a jump in the recent months giving him the ability to remain on the left side of the infield at the next level.  At the plate, Holliday is always under control and does an exceptional job of picking his spots to attack as well as an advanced understanding of how to manipulate the lower half to help with matching plane.  The Oklahoma State commit matched his tools and high baseball IQ with a high level of production in 2022 that led him to become the nation's new single-season hits leader.