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Orioles sending first overall pick Jackson Holliday to Low-A Delmarva to finish first pro season

After dominating in his first stint of professional baseball, first overall draft pick Jackson Holliday is heading to Low-A Delmarva to close his first season in the Orioles’ system. He’ll make his debut with the Shorebirds on Thursday.

Holliday, 18, hit .409 with a 1.167 OPS in eight games in the Florida Complex League, which concluded its season Tuesday. The son of seven-time major league All-Star Matt Holliday recorded nine hits in 22 at-bats with a double and a home run while walking 10 times against two strikeouts. He also stole three bases in as many tries.

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Last month, the Orioles made Holliday the third No. 1 overall pick in team history before signing him to a franchise-record bonus of $8.19 million that also represented the largest ever given to a high school draftee. At Stillwater High School in Oklahoma, Holliday hit .685 with a .749 on-base percentage and 1.392 slugging percentage with 17 home runs and 30 steals in his 40-game senior season.

He already ranks among the game’s top prospects, with MLB Pipeline placing him 14th overall and Baseball America listing him 41st. In both lists, he’s the Orioles’ No. 3 prospect, trailing infielder Gunnar Henderson and right-hander Grayson Rodriguez, who are both at Triple-A Norfolk.

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In Delmarva, Holliday will join several of his fellow draftees. Eleven other members of the Orioles’ 2022 draft class are already with the Shorebirds, including fellow first-day picks in outfielders Dylan Beavers (No. 33 overall pick) and Jud Fabian (No. 67) and third baseman Max Wagner (No. 42).


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