Position: Shortstop Height: 6-1 Weight: 185
Born: 6/14/1982 Bats: Both Throws: Right
Being taken in the MLB draft and having high expectations is nothing new for shortstop Michael Hollimon. Coming out of a Texas high school in 2001, Hollimon was considered one of the top prep talents in the country, and was widely considered a mid-first round pick. Unfortunately, his $2 million price tag scared nearly everyone away, and he promptly fell to the Dodgers in the 32nd round. The Twins decided to take a gamble on Hollimon following his poor junior season at the University of Texas (.225/.341/.370) by taking him in the 49th round of the 2004 draft. Finally, after transferring to Oral Roberts, the Tigers selected the multi-talented Hollimon in the 16th round in 2005. After struggling mightily through three years of heavy competition in the Big 12 Conference, Hollimon transferred to Oral Roberts and promptly put together a stellar campaign, finishing with a .304/.422/.578 line. It's difficult to say whether or not Hollimon's newfound success should be attributed to inferior competition, or a true breakthrough. Upon joining the Oneonta Tigers, Hollimon went crazy, knocking 13 homeruns, 13 doubles, and 10 triples in his professional debut. Hollimon peaked during the month of July where he posted a .351/.457/.691 line.
Coming out of high school, Hollimon was considered a 5-tool infield talent that could develop into an elite player with more development and experience. Unfortunately, while in college, Hollimon's tools never caught up to the high school hype. Hollimon has solid tools across the board, and projects to be slightly above average both offensively and defensively. At the plate, Hollimon has a smooth, clean stroke from both sides of the plate, and generates easy power to all fields. Michael's biggest offensive drawback is his lack of pitch recognition skills. He doesn't adjust to breaking pitches well, and may struggle at the plate as he progresses and is forced to face consistently better pitchers. In the field, Hollimon has average range and frequently struggles instinctually. He has the raw tools to be a plus defender, but despite diligent work, they have yet to develop. His arm is above average, and his throws are consistently accurate, even while on the move. Overall, Michael will have a significant test as he reaches the upper levels of the system. He still has to prove that he can succeed against top notch competition, something he never did in college.
Performance Level Team AB AVG 2B HR RBI SO BB OBP% SLG% SS-A
Hollimon has avoided major injuries to this point in his career; suffering only minor, nagging injuries.
Despite the need to push Hollimon because of his age, Hollimon will likely be relegated to West Michigan rather than being aggressively pushed to High-A Lakeland. The organization likes the defensive tools and potential of Brent Dlugach, who will likely remain one step ahead of Hollimon. After racking up impressive offensive statistics in his pro debut, Hollimon has significantly raised expectations and must now live up to the potential he's held since his high school days. The 2006 season will be Hollimon's first test in full-season ball, and he will definitely warrant plenty of attention.