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Monday, September 25, 2023

Baseball America: Jackson Holliday Wins 2023 Minor League Player of the Year Award

For a second consecutive season, a Baltimore Orioles player is Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year.

Shortstop Jackson Holliday, the No. 1 pick in the 2022 MLB Draft, is the 2023 Minor League Player of the Year. He follows in the footsteps of O’s shortstop Gunnar Henderson, Baseball America’s 2022 MiLB Player of the Year.

Holliday, 19, becomes the third Orioles player all time to win Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year. Catcher Matt Wieters was the MiLB Player of the Year in 2008.

Holliday is the son of long-time MLB outfielder Matt Holliday. He currently ranks No. 1 on Baseball America Top 100 Prospects rankings.

Holliday also becomes the fourth player to win both Baseball America’s High School Player of the Year and MiLB Player of the Year, joining catcher Joe Mauer, outfielder Byron Buxton and shortstop Bobby Witt Jr.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 25, 2023 at 01:23 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tom and Shivs couples counselor Posted: September 25, 2023 at 08:18 PM (#6142235)
Thought the Crew had a strong year for a lot of the guys in the minor leagues.

Tyler Black looks good. Jackson Chourio looks great. Pitchers Robert Gasser and Carlos F. Rodriguez had strong seasons Quero the catcher stopped hitting after he got hurt, but he's super young.

Fun stuff
   2. Tony S Posted: September 25, 2023 at 08:35 PM (#6142240)
The Orioles' farm system is more loaded than Lee Marvin in Cat Ballou.
   3. ReggieThomasLives Posted: September 26, 2023 at 02:07 PM (#6142306)
For some reason I always think of Matt Wieters as a huge bust, but he was actually very good/borderline great through his age 26 season. Injuries?

Anyways, shortstops are much more likely to achieve outsized future expectations than for catchers. Beyond the injuries, catchers don't have many options if they struggle with the position. Shortstops can move to 2nd, 3rd, outfield, etc.
   4. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: September 26, 2023 at 03:39 PM (#6142309)
Wieters seems like a bust because the expectations were so high. A classic thread.

But he managed 18 career WAR. In the same neighborhood as BJ Upton, Sean Casey, Erik Bedard. Those are good players!

If Jackson Holliday manages only 18 WAR for his career, O's fans will be disappointed. But 18 WAR is a solid major league player with a substantial career. Which is, frankly, not a bad outcome for a top prospect.
   5. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 26, 2023 at 04:18 PM (#6142314)

18 WAR would be on the low end for a non-pitcher #1 overall pick, I think. But certainly within the realm of possibility.
   6. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 26, 2023 at 04:46 PM (#6142318)
For reference, #1 picks over the 25 years from 1985-2009:

Pitchers Non-pitchers
Count 10 15
Total WAR 142.6 572.2
Avg. 14.3 38.1
Median 8.3 32.3

I don't think anyone drafted then is still adding to their WAR total, but starting with Bryce Harper in 2010 some of them still are.

   7. Howie Menckel Posted: September 26, 2023 at 11:58 PM (#6142364)
I think Chourio, who is a few months younger than Holliday, already is better.

but I mean, we're talking about one turbo-charged sports car versus another.

both figure to get you where you need to go - and quickly !
   8. shoelesjoe Posted: September 27, 2023 at 02:47 PM (#6142421)
For a second consecutive season, a Baltimore Orioles player is Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year.

19 year old catcher Samuel Basallo hit .333/.443/.688 in High A, and then crushed for a week at AA at the end of the season so there's the possibility of a three-peat for Orioles prospects.
   9. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: September 28, 2023 at 04:27 PM (#6142620)
He's exciting, but he's going to need a new position.

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