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Tyler Holt began his 2015 season with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers in the Cleveland Indians farm system. The outfielder had a big first game of the year, going 2-4 with a double and a triple. The rest of the week was a struggle of sorts, going just 2-10, but he did draw five walks. That slump continued into the second week of the season as he went just 5-21 (.238). Things picked up over the final week of April for Holt though, going 11-26 (.423) with four multi-hit games on the week. He also walked five times, posting a .516 on-base percentage. That final week carried him to a nice April that saw him post a .328/.438/.393 line with five stolen bases, 12 walks and 12 strikeouts in 76 plate appearances.
The start of came with good news for Tyler Holt as he got called up to the big leagues and made his 2015 debut on May 2nd, going 0-3 with a walk. That would be his lone appearance before heading back to Columbus where he would go 5-12 the rest of the week with a double and a triple. The second week was a bit of a letdown for the outfielder, going just 5-27 (.185) on the week. Things picked back up in the third week with back-to-back nights of going 2-6. On the 20th he would rack up four hits, including a double and finish up the week with 10 hits (.357) and two walks. The final nine games of May were solid for Hol as he hit .278 with four walks and three steals. For the month he hit .291/.351/.379 with eight steals, 10 walks and 20 strikeouts in 115 plate appearances.
June was out to a nice start, having gone 2-2 but as he rounded first base and headed towards second in what turned out to be a double, he tweaked his hamstring and had to lead the game. He would missed the next 11 days before returning to the lineup. The outfielder made up for lost time by hitting .333 in his first week back. Things slowed down the next week though, going just 4-17 (.235) in four games. The final four games saw his struggles continue, going just 2-10 down the stretch. In limited action due to the hamstring injury he would hit .298/.353/.383 in 14 games with four walks and nine strikeouts.
The slump carried over into July as Holt went just 2-16 in the first week with three walks. It continued into the second week, going 0-6 in the first two games before turning things around with back-to-back two hit games. In the third week of the month the center fielder went 4-15 (.267) with three walks and no strikeouts. He slowed down over the next six games, with a .584 OPS. He did finish out the month with two games in the Major Leagues, going 1-5 and 0-3 to finish July. For the month he would hit just .235/.338/.250 despite walking and striking out 11 times in 81 plate appearances.
Holt remained in the big leagues for the first week of August, going just 1-9 with four strikeouts in four games before heading back to Triple-A Columbus. In the first week back in the minors he went 5-14 (.357) with a walk and two steals. That second week didn’t go nearly as well. In four games he only had a hit in one of them, going 2-4. The final nine games of August were very strong as Holt ran off a nine-game hitting streak, hitting .417 with more walks (8) than strikeouts (7). His hitting streak would end on September 1st, but he picked up a new on the next day, going 9-22 to finish out the minor league season. In the final 23 games of the minor league season he hit .348/.442/.427 with 14 walks and 12 strikeouts.
On September 27th the Cincinnati Reds picked him up off of waivers and called him up to the big leagues. He would see action in five games as the season came to an end, going 1-11 with a steal, two walks and two strikeouts. Tyler Holt had a good minor league season, but he once again struggled in the Major Leagues in limited action between the Indians and the Reds.
Hitting | He’s hit well at the minor league level, but he’s struggled mightily in 102 big league plate appearances. His hit tool seems to be fringe-average, but it hasn’t played well at the highest level.
Power | It’s a well below-average tool both now and in the future for Holt.
Running | Holt has plus speed and he uses it well on the bases.
Arm | His arm is fringe-average that would play fine in left or center.
Defense | He’s got above-average range in center and takes good routes.
Tyler Holt gets a lot out of his speed, using it both in the field and on the bases to provide above-average value in both. His bat however is a bit weak with very little power to talk about. He’s hit just six home runs in six minor league seasons and has only topped 20 doubles once. He seems to have a good understanding of the strikezone, but that hasn’t helped him out much in the big leagues where he’s struggled to hit. Scouts aren’t sure just how well his hit tool will translate though. He will be 27 next season, so the 2016 season might be a make-or-break year for the outfielder.