MLB's updated Top 100 prospects list shows continued faith in Orioles' Jackson Holliday

Jackson Holliday struggled in his major league debut.
Baltimore Orioles infielder Jackson Holliday
Baltimore Orioles infielder Jackson Holliday / G Fiume/GettyImages

Ever since spring training, Orioles fans have seen both the highs and lows with Jackson Holliday. The top prospect in the sport was left off the Baltimore Orioles' Opening Day roster, which drew the ire of fans throughout baseball.

Then came the announcement, just a couple weeks after the 2024 season began, that Holliday would be making his major league debut. That got the O's fanbase excited, as it seemed as if Baltimore's front office had come to their senses and deemed it necessary to correct their mistake.

But Holliday's introduction to the big leagues didn't yield positive results. The former first-round pick struggled at the plate to the tune of a .059/.111/.059 slash line. Holliday played just 10 games in the majors before being sent back down to Triple-A Norfolk to continue to hone his craft.

MLB's updated Top 100 prospects list shows continued faith in Orioles' Jackson Holliday

But Holliday's failures in the big leagues have not soured the prognosticators at MLB Pipeline. The outlet recently released their updated Top 100 prospects list and Holliday is in the same spot he was before being called up — No. 1.

And why not? While Holliday's performance in the major leagues left a lot to be desired, his numbers with the Norfolk Tides have been outstanding. Holliday is hitting .295/.456/.488. The 20-year-old has 12 extra-base hits for the Tides this season, including nine doubles.

Holliday is joined on the list by four other Orioles prospects. Samuel Basallo, Coby Mayo, Heston Kjerstad, and Enrique Bradfield Jr. are all listed among the Top 100 prospects in baseball.

Holliday wasn't the only Orioles prospect to be moved up and then back down this season. Kjerstad was just optioned back to Triple-A in favor of Kyle Stowers. These moves speak to both how difficult the transition from the minors to the majors can be, and also how deep the O's farm system really is.

Holliday will continue to receive regular playing time at Triple-A, and once he maintains a level of consistency that the Orioles' front office feels will translate to the big leagues, he'll surely be on a flight back to Baltimore. The scouts at MLB Pipeline haven't lost faith in Holliday, and neither has the Orioles fanbase.

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