Free Agent Profile & Prediction #9: Bryan Holaday

BALTIMORE, MD – JULY 09: Bryan Holaday #36 of the Baltimore Orioles catches during an intrasquad game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 9, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

The career long backup catcher, is on the free agent market for the seventh time entering 2021, and he is looking possibly to play for his sixth different team. The career .238/.283/.333 hitter with an .617 OPS has never been much of an offensive threat, never crossing the league average on either hard hit percentage or exit velocity.

Holaday framing wise has always been below average, and 2020 was the first season in which his framing metrics were about -1 for runs extra strikes. As for DRS, Holaday has had one very good season with the glove in 2018, and then six seasons in which he was in the negative according to DRS. In 2019, Holliday actually had the best year of his career as a 32 year old, hitting to the line of .278/.344/.435 with an .779 OPS in 43 games for the Miami Marlins. Holaday also had terrific seasons throwing out potential base runners in 2018 and 2020, leading the league in 2018 with a 45% caught stealing percentage, and an even better 50% in 2020.

Moving forward, Holaday is a depth piece, with the ability to catch if an injury occurs on the team, he does not provide much with the bat, but is a grizzled veteran catcher, who will likely find a home this offseason.

Teams I believe will be in contention for Bryan Holaday: Los Angeles Angels, Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants

Final Landing Spot Prediction: Bryan Holaday signs a minor league deal with an invite to spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates

2021 Slash Line Prediction: .236/.299/.345 .644 OPS 2 HR 8 RBI

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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