Get to know O’s top pick Jackson Holliday

July 17th, 2022

He's the newly-minted No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 MLB Draft. He's got an advanced hitting approach with tremendous power from the left side, and his senior season of high school cemented his place as one of the top players in the Class of 2022. He also comes from a great baseball family. But who is Jackson Holliday? Here's a look at MLB Pipeline's No. 2 Draft prospect:

Primary position: SS
Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 175 lbs.
Bats/throws: Left/right
Birthdate: Dec. 4, 2003 (Age 18 in 2022)
College: N/A (Committed to Oklahoma State)
High school: Stillwater (Okla.) High School
Born: Stillwater, Okla.
Drafted: N/A

His dad was one of the best sluggers in the game during his career

Matt Holliday was a seven-time All-Star, a batting champion and launched 316 home runs during a 15-year MLB career from 2004-18. With the Rockies in 2007, he led the National League with a .340 batting average, 216 hits, 50 doubles and 137 RBIs to go along with 36 homers. He led the Majors that year with 386 total bases and finished runner-up in NL MVP Award voting before going on to win the NL Championship Series MVP Award. He also won a World Series title with the Cardinals in 2011.

While he may very well turn pro, he's got a lot of family at Oklahoma State

Holliday is an Oklahoma State commit and plans to matriculate there unless he decides to turn pro. Given where he's projected to be drafted, the latter might be more likely. But if he does go on to play baseball for the Cowboys, he'll see some familiar faces in the dugout -- his uncle, Josh, is the head coach and his dad is a volunteer assistant coach. Jackson's grandfather, Tom, also coached the Cowboys' baseball team. And Ethan, Jackson's younger brother, is also committed to Oklahoma State -- he's ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Draft class of 2025.

He set a national record for hits in a single season this year

With 89 hits in his senior season at Stillwater High School, Holliday set a new national record, eclipsing the mark set by current Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto back in 2010. He also hit .685, launched 17 home runs, drove in 79 runs and stole 30 bases en route to being named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Oklahoma. Ethan was great in his freshman year, too, delivering 23 extra-base hits and driving in 53 runs. The brothers even hit back-to-back homers in one game.

When he was little, he'd use anything possible as a bat and baseball

Holliday was hitting from the beginning. His grandfather, Tom, told The Oklahoman that little Jackson would use rolled up straw wrappers and butter knives for balls and bats while waiting for food at a restaurant. Or sometimes it was a breadstick (Olive Garden probably had its hands full) and a bread roll. At home? That's easy: Rolled up socks for baseballs.

His bat-flip game is ready for the big leagues

Holliday looks like he's ready for the pros, that much is pretty obvious. One specific area in which that is certainly the case is his bat-flip game, which he showed off when smashing a homer in extra innings earlier this year.