My 1st look at Kyle Holder, SS/2B, Charleston

Kyle Holder, courtesy of

Hey guys I got my 1st look at Kyle Holder and the Charleston Riverdogs last night in Greenville.

Holder is about to turn 22, he’s listed at 6’1″ 185 lbs (that looks accurate), he bats left and throws right.  Holder was drafted 30th overall by the Yankees out of the University of San Diego.

Defense is the calling card here, he displayed very good reads off the bat and a very good 1st step.  Good hands and a lightning quick release, the second the ball touched the glove it was on the way to 1st base.  It’s more of a flip he uses with plenty on it and when combined with the quick release it gets there in plenty of time.  The downside is, I wasn’t able to grade the arm because he never had to unleash one.  It was only one look but everything I saw was at least plus: the hands, the range, the 1st step.  The release is double plus and among the best I’ve ever seen. Incomplete on the arm.  Here’s a quick video of his defense courtesy of Pinstripe Prospects.


At the dish Holder has a closed, upright stance, his swing is level and he’s quick to the ball.  He swung early and often in every at bat last night and he displayed very good contact skills.  He sprayed sharp grounders around the diamond and one line drive singe into right turning on an inside fastball.

Here we get many good looks at his swing courtesy of Mike Rosenbaum (MLB Pipeline and Rotoworld)(On Twitter @GoldenSombrero)

This was one look but I wouldn’t expect much in the way of power at least early in his career, maybe 4-6 HR’s.  The hit has a chance to play average or slightly better and his speed is average.  He projects as a bottom of the order hitter but when combined with the defense he’s a 1st division regular.


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