A Colorado Rockies legend’s son is one of baseball’s top prospects

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 14: Matt Holliday #5 of the Colorado Rockies bats during the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California on September 14, 2006. The Giants defeated the Rockies 5-0. (Photo by Don Smith/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 14: Matt Holliday #5 of the Colorado Rockies bats during the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California on September 14, 2006. The Giants defeated the Rockies 5-0. (Photo by Don Smith/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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Kiley McDaniel of ESPN released his list of the top 50 prospects for the 2022 MLB Draft and Colorado Rockies fans will recognize at least one name.

At no. 12 on McDaniel’s list is a shortstop by the name of Jackson Holliday. Holliday is the son of Colorado Rockies legend Matt Holliday, who played with the Rockies in the majors from 2004 through 2008 and again in 2018 to end his MLB career.

Jackson Holliday is a bit different than former Colorado Rockies outfielder Matt Holliday

Jackson Holliday is playing at Stillwater High School in Stillwater, Oklahoma, which is the same high school that his dad, former Colorado Rockies outfielder Matt Holliday, went to. He also is committed to going to Oklahoma State University, where his dad is a volunteer coach and his uncle, Josh, is the head coach. But Jackson is a bit different.

Jackson Holliday is primarily a shortstop whereas his dad played left field and Jackson is a left-handed hitter, unlike his dad. Jackson can also play second base and the outfield.

Kiley McDaniel says that Holliday is at the top of a four-way derby among high school shortstops. McDaniel also says that Holliday has “above-average tools across the board.” However, with being committed to Oklahoma State, McDaniel thinks that Holliday “won’t be an easy sign” for the team that drafts him.

In the 2022 Draft, the Colorado Rockies will be drafting 10th so they could very easily have a chance to draft him if they want to.

The Rockies have been known to have a strong presence in Oklahoma as they obviously drafted Matt Holliday but they also signed or drafted Jon Gray, Jeff Salazar, Cory Sullivan, Ryan Vilade, and Chi Chi González in recent years and all of them either are from Oklahoma or went to school in Oklahoma.

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Overall, the Rockies drafted nine players out of Oklahoma from 2010 through 2019, including Gray and Vilade. Perhaps in 2022, because of his talent and connections, the Rockies could be the team to draft Jackson Holliday out of high school, just like they did with his father 24 years ago.

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