"One year at 34/114 does not make [Holliday] round 1-3 material imo. You want to put Atkins there as well? His numbers are comparable and he plays 3b. A top 20's overall pick I just do not see. Top 30's sure."
Everyone is in a rush to put Howard in the top 5 for one year of stats in which he hit much better than he ever did in the minors, but there's this huge reluctance to put Holliday anywhere near the first round??
First of all, Holliday wasn't just 34-114. It was 326
and finished #9 in yahoo rankings. Yes, top 10. Considerably ahead of MCab who also finds his way into top 10 easy despite hitting 7 less HR than he did the previous two years. Secondly, it wasn't just "one year" for Holliday -- he's been mashing for power and average since June of 2005. Check his second-half stats in 2005: 318-15-64-42-8.
So that's a year and a half of elite 5-tool numbers. Add in the Coors factor and the fact that he plays in a strong and improving lineup, and you've got a young 5-tool stud who likely hasn't reached his peak yet.
Someone said 4th to 6th (!) round?? You gotta be kidding me. I'm having a hard time finding 12 players I'd draft ahead of him in 2007 and he'll be LONG gone by the start of the 3rd no question.
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