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CLASS OF 2016

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Will
Holland

Auburn
Collins Hill (HS) • GA
5-11 • 185LBS • R/R

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2019
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4/27/19:Strong, quick twitch and super athletic at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, Holland's struggles this season continued as he guessed at the plate with limited success. He went 2-for-7 with three strikeouts hitting from the 9-hole in the lineup. His two hits were a double and a home run, with the homer coming on an elevated 0-2 mistake fastball. Defensively, he showed inconsistent reactions to the ball off the bat, especially to his right. He also committed an error and had a handful of other defensive miscues. He made routine plays look difficult at times while showing average hands and above average arm strength, but his arm played less due to below average throwing accuracy. It also raised concerns about his ability to remain at shortstop in an everyday role. He seemed to have a lot on his mind, and at one point in pre-game, forgot to cover second base on a throw from the catcher; a fundamental exercise he has likely done a thousand times. On the base paths, Holland is a plus-to-better runner underway with a smooth, athletic stride. He has 13 stolen bases this season in 16 attempts. At the plate, he showed very good balance, twitchy hand strength, above average bat speed and lower effort to his swing. He stays connected, but his swing is very rotational and lacks weight transfer, causing him to swing around the ball with poor top hand extension. His swing path is inconsistent and is in/out of the zone quickly. All hard contact is to his pull side. Hitting is hard, and becomes even harder when the bat head isn't in the hitting zone for very long. He has struck in more than 22% of his plate appearances this spring after a 27.5% rate last summer in the Cape. With that said, he's the same high ceiling athlete who also slashed .341/.431/.432 last summer and produced a remarkable sophomore year for the Tigers (.313/.406/.530). Despite his struggles this season, Holland has top-scale athleticism, and in his case should mean early selection on Day Two this June. (Seifert)

8/15/18:Five-foot-eleven, 185 pounds. Between his time with the USA Collegiate National Team and Hyannis, Holland asserted himself as one of the more tantalizing college prospects in the country. Plus runner. Pulled up early on a stand-up triple at 11.95 seconds. For comparison, Byron Buxton has 80 grade speed and had the fastest MLB triple in 2017 at 10.52 seconds. Wide, balanced set up at the plate. Feet square to the pitcher. Uses toe tap to load. No forward stride. Hands stay loose, relaxed. Produces easy bat speed from his hip rotation. Still refining overall hitting approach. Could stick at shortstop given his arm strength and fielding actions but has enough versatility to find another defensive position, if needed. Made significant improvements in his offensive game between his freshman and sophomore years at Auburn. If his development continues at that pace, it won’t be long before Holland possesses the baseball skills to match his high-end athleticism. (D Jurik)

7/14/18:Similar to aprevious look this springHolland made a good impression with his tools and athleticism. He is more athlete than polished baseball player at this point in his development, but he’s quick-twitch with positional versatility; playing left field, shortstop and second base in the five game look. Plus runner with an above average arm and quick hands on defense. At the plate he’s an aggressive hitter who gets his swings. Appeared to guess often with not much selectivity to his approach. May need to slow things down a bit. From a spread and squatty stance he doesn’t stride. Rotational swing, generated good bat speed with low effort. His line drives in batting practice showed very good carry, different from most other hitters. Overall, he’s another top round middle infield prospect in what looks to be a deeper than normal class in college baseball next spring. (Seifert)

3/28/18:Sophomore leadoff hitterWill Hollandmade a great impression both in the batter’s box and at shortstop. Showed good athleticism and above average to plus arm and run tools, while making consistent hard contact at the plate. With continued development look for him to be a top round prospect in next year’s draft. (Seifert)

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