John Bryan Holaday...he and wife Ashley have one son, John Thomas, and one daughter, Adalynn Mae...earned All-Mountain West Conference honors as a sophomore at Texas Christian University in 2008 after hitting .311 (68x219) with 34 runs scored, 12 doubles, two triples, a home run and 41 RBI in 62 games...batted .300 (61x203) with 39 runs scored, 10 doubles, a triple, 10 home runs and 48 RBI during his junior season at Texas Christian University in 2009 to garner All-Mountain West Conference honors...hit .355 (99x279) with 72 runs scored, 24 doubles, a triple, 17 home runs and 53 RBI in 68 games during his senior season at TCU in 2010 to earn All-Mountain West Conference honors...won the Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award, the award given annually to the top catcher in collegiate baseball.
Spent majority of season with Triple-A Toledo in Detroit Tigers organization, appearing in 93 games with Mud Hens. Hit .269 (83x309) and set career highs in hits, doubles (20) and home runs (12). ..Hit first home run of season on April 27 vs. Charlotte, an eighth-inning grand slam that brought Mud Hens to within one of tying game...On May 20 at Indianapolis, recorded season-high four hits with three runs scored, one double and three RBI...Equaled hit total with 4x4 effort on July 27 vs. Pawtucket. In that game, doubled twice and drove in one run...Strung together season-long seven-game hitting streak from June 21-July 1, batting .385 (10x26) over streak...Recorded 15 RBI over final 16 games, with two three-RBI games and four two-RBI efforts...Had contract selected by Tigers on September 1 and made debut in second game of doubleheader that night against Cleveland. Recorded pinch-hit single in eighth inning...Went 2x4 with one double and one RBI in first start, Sept. 2 vs. Cleveland...In 13 games with Detroit, hit .241 (7x29) with two doubles and two RBI.
Went to spring training with DET...Was traded to TEX on 3/29...Tied his career high with 3 RBI, 5/10 vs CWS...Had at least one RBI in 4 straight games, 5/29-6/4...Played 3.0 innings in LF, 6/13 at OAK...Made his 1st career appearance as a pitcher, 7/2 at MIN (1.1 IP)...Was on the 15-day DL, 7/5-31 (bruised left thumb)...Designated for assignment on 8/1...Claimed off waivers by BOS on 8/5...Overall, made a combined 35 starts between both teams...Committed 1 error in 241 TC for a .996 fielding %
Split time between Detroit and Triple-A Toledo in 2015 -- hit .281 (18-for-64) with three runs scored, five doubles, two home runs and 13 RBIs in 24 games with the Tigers, while he appeared in 49 games with the Mud Hens and hit .224 (36-for-161) with 18 runs scored, eight doubles, two home runs and 17 RBIs. Recalled from Triple-A Toledo by the Tigers on May 9. Belted his second career home run on May 14 vs. Minnesota...also established a career high with three RBI. Optioned to Triple-A Toledo by the Tigers on July 3. Sidelined from August 18-26 with a left thumb dislocation. Hit .310 (13-for-42) with five runs scored, four doubles and six RBIs for Toledo in the month of August. Recalled from Triple-A Toledo by the Tigers on September 1. Hit his second home run of the season and the third of his career on September 29 at Texas. Played in eight games with the Tigers in September/October and hit .313 (5-for-16) with two runs scored, two doubles, one home run and one RBI.
Completed his first full season at the major league level in 2014, appearing in 62 games with the club...Made the Tigers opening Day roster for the first time in his career...Equaled a career-high with two rBI on April 30 at Chicago, July 29 versus Chicago and September 4 at Cleveland...Hit .292 (7x24) with three runs scored, a double and four RBI in nine games during April...Posted a career-high four-game hitting streak June 1-12 -- matched the high September 3-15...Knocked a career-high three hits on June 12 at Chicago's u.s. Cellular Field...Batted .393 (11x28) with two runs scored, a triple and two RBI in 13 games during June...Caught a career-high three runners attempting to steal on July 19 versus Cleveland...Hit .151 (11x73) against lefthanded pitchers...batted .301 (25x83) with righties on the mound...Threw out 28.2 percent (33sB/13CCs) of baserunners attempting to steal in 58 games on the season.
Spent the majority of the 2013 season with Triple A Toledo, batting .260 in 80 games with the club...Drove in a season-high four runs on August 2 versus Durham...Batted .306 (11x36) with four doubles, a home run and one RBI over a ten-game stretch April 17-May 2...Collected a season-high four hits on May 15 versus Scranton...Had his contract recalled by the Tigers on June 19...appeared in four games with the club before he was optioned to Toledo on July 1...Had his contract recalled by the Tigers on August 14...Connected for the first home run of his major league career on August 22 versus Minnesota...Optioned to Toledo on August 27...Recalled from Toledo by the Tigers on September 3...Appeared in four games with the Tigers in September.
Spent the majority of the 2012 season with Triple A Toledo, batting .240 in 75 games with the club. ... Drove in a season-high three runs on April 19 at Louisville. ... Batted .475 (19x40) with four doubles and five RBI over an 11-game stretch May 31-July 3. ... Had his contract purchased by the Tigers from Toledo on June 6 -- made his major league debut that night versusCleveland, collecting a single off Jeanmar Gomez for his first major league hit. ... Optioned to Toledo by the Tigers on June 21. ... Collected a season-high four hits on June 22 versus Norfolk. ... Hit .310 (18x58) against lefthanded pitchers with Toledo...batted .219 (42x192) with righties on the mound. ... Recalled by the Tigers from Toledo on September 1.
Spent the entire 2011 season with Double A Erie, serving as the club's primary catcher...Led all Eastern League catchers with 78 assists, while he tied for the lead with nine double plays...Collected a season-best three hits on April 29 at Altoona -- equaled the high with three hits on June 20 at Reading,June 29 versus Binghamton and August 12 at Portland...Compiled a season-high 11-game hitting streak April 29-May 17, batting .318 (14x44) with five doubles, a home run and nine RBI.
Made his professional debut with Single A Lakeland after being selected by the Tigers in the sixth round of the June2010 draft...Collected a season-high five hits on July 9 versus Clearwater...Batted .365 (23x63) in 18 games during July...Named the 20th-best prospect and best defensive catcher in the Tigers organization following the season by BaseballAmerica.