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Jordan Holloway: Marlin on the Rise

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Jordan Holloway is Miami’s 89th ranked prospect.

For the 2016-17 offseason, we counted down the Top 100 all-time Marlins. This offseason, we will instead cast our eyes ahead. I’ll be outlining the Top 100 Marlins prospects, as chosen by you on the ranker.com listing.

Today, we’ll be outlining Jordan Holloway. He’s a 6’4”, 190 lb. pitcher from Arvada, Colorado. Born on June 13, 1996, he was Miami’s 20th round selection in 2014, with the 587th overall selection out of Ralston Valley High School.

Holloway joined the GCL Marlins straightaway, notching a 1-3 record with a 6.41 ERA, starting in six of his 10 appearances. He allowed 38 hits in 26 23 innings, striking out only eight. Opponents hit .352 against him, and he finished the year with a 1.725 WHIP.

In spite of his less than stellar first professional look, Holloway skipped a step and started the 2015 season with the Greensboro Grasshoppers. He lost his first start, then limited the Greenville Drive to three hits in five innings of work in his second. At that point, he was moved down to the Batavia Muckdogs. On August 2nd, in a 1-0 victory over the Brooklyn Cyclones, Holloway earned his third win of the season by allowing just one walk and one hit in six frames, whiffing four. 12 days later, in a 3-0 loss to the Lowell Spinners, he again went six and struck out four, allowing just one earned run on four hits. Over his two stops, he allowed a much more palatable .236 opposing batting average, a 3.39 ERA, and a 1.429 WHIP. He still struggled with control issues, however, walking almost as many (42) as he struck out (44) in 77 innings. He was 5-7 over 16 starts.

In 2016, Holloway started eight games for the Hoppers before getting sent back to Batavia for five starts through the season. His best appearance was on June 3rd, when he got six to wave over five two hit innings in a 5-3 win against the Delmarva Shorebirds. On July 6th, he struck out seven Cyclones in 4 23 innings, as the Muckdogs earned a 15-2 win against Brooklyn. On July 22nd, he was placed on the disabled list with a right triceps strain that kept him out of action for the balance of the season. Over his two stops, he racked up a 6.19 ERA, a 1.667 WHIP, a 2-7 win-loss record, and a .268 opposing batting average. On the bright side, he struck out 41 in 48 innings.

This past season, Holloway held batters to a .220 average, struck out 50 in as many innings, and racked up a 1.26 WHIP, going 1-2 over 11 starts. On April 28th, he pitched five hitless innings, surrendering just an unearned run in a 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Asheville Tourists.

Holloway has progressed incrementally in each of his minor league seasons, and at just 21 years of age, may continue to develop. He still has room to add mass to his frame, and he has a nice clean fastball delivery. As I said, his command has improved from year-to-year, and he seems to have nailed down his formerly questionable changeup. Look for Holloway to begin the season with Jupiter in 2018.