Prospect Profile: 12th Rd Pick Jeff Holm

In the 12th round, the Tigers stayed local and grabbed MSU first baseman Jeff Holm. What does he bring to the organization?

Jeff Holm
Position:First Baseman/Outfielder
Height: 6-3
Weight: 210
Born: 10/17/1988
Bats: Left
Throws: Right

Holm was the 12th round pick of the home town Tigers, coming out of Michigan State University where he enjoyed an outstanding career.

Holm capped his college career by earning ABCA Rawlings 3rd Team All-American honors on the heels of a season that ended with a powerful .376/.441/.588 line with the new depressed offensive environment in college baseball. Boss cranked nine home runs and 15 doubles, while walking more than he struck out.

Prior to his senior season, Holm entered the year with a combined .331/.396/.455 line in 123 career games as a Spartan, with nine home runs and 28 doubles as a two-year everyday player. In addition to his power numbers, Holm swiped 43 bases in 49 attempts.

Scouting Report
Despite his solid college production, few scouts think Holm's bat will stand out as a pro. He generates his power with upper body strength and an upper-cut swing that could leave him prone to plenty of swing-and-miss as a pro. The consensus among scouts is that he may top out at 10-15 home runs annually.

With his upper-cut swing, Holm may have more trouble making contact against better pitching, but he does recognize pitches well and knows the strike zone. The approach he takes to his at-bats is sound and he should be able to work some walks even if the hit tool and power don't play as well as they did in college.

Defensively, Holm is a very good defender at first base with plus footwork and soft hands. He moves well away from the bag and has a strong arm. Several scouts noted that he could play either outfield corner, with one scout going so far as to say "He can give you a day wherever you need him."

Holm is a below-average runner now and most scouts project him to slow down more as he finishes filling out his frame.

Holm is a classic grinder that competes extremely well and doesn't give anything away on the field. He is lauded for his makeup and that will earn him extra shots in pro ball.

Without the classic power that teams crave at first base or on the outfield corners, Holm is viewed as a tweener that doesn't profile that well as a professional. One scout tossed a present-day Mark Kotsay comp on him, but wasn't convinced any part of his game would play enough to actually get the opportunity to show it.

Health Record
Holm has not had any serious injuries during his amateur career.

The Future
Holm signed quickly for a small bonus and was assigned directly to short-season Connecticut where he is expected to spend most of his time at first base and designated hitter; possibly seeing some time in the outfield.

Holm's approach should play reasonably well at the lower levels of the system and he could put up some solid numbers if he adjusts quickly. He lacks projection and will likely be a part-time player over the next two to three seasons.

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