Holt Not Getting Ahead of Himself After Breakout Season
Ryan Hohman | On 20, Apr 2015
Tyler Holt was the first player I interviewed when I started covering the Columbus Clippers last summer. He had just been promoted to Columbus from Double-A Akron. A few weeks after the interview, he got called up to Cleveland and made his big league debut on July 6.
Holt had a positive impact on the Tribe’s playoff run that fell short. If you were not watching the games and only reading the box scores, you wouldn’t have noticed his contributions as he batted .268 with two RBI and two runs in 36 games. But if you’re a regular watcher of SportsCenter Top 10, there’s a pretty good chance you saw a defensive web gem or two of Holt’s.
“That’s one of the things I pride myself on, defense and effort,” said Holt. “You can be 0-4, but also make a difference in the outfield so that’s kind of what I look at. Instead of forcing things to happen just let them happen.”
After shining in his first taste of the majors, Holt opens the 2015 season in Columbus as the team’s starting left fielder. He’s excited to be back with the Clippers and not getting ahead of himself after what he calls a “whirlwind” season.
“It was a whirlwind, man,” said Holt when asked about his breakout 2014 season. “It was quick and I’m just trying to have the mentality to not get ahead of myself. But that’s easier said than done. I feel like in a few of the games I have.”
Holt was greeted in Columbus by a familiar face in hitting coach Rouglas Odor, who held the same position when Holt was with Akron in 2014.
“My relationship with Rougie is really good,” said Holt. It kind of stinked to stop working with him when I moved on from Double-A. I’m excited to have him back here.”
In 98 games split between Akron and Columbus in 2014, Holt hit .305 with two home runs, 30 RBI, 74 RBI, 66 walks, and 31 stolen bases in 37 attempts.
Holt and the Clippers opened the 2015 campaign with 10 road games before this past Saturday night’s home opener versus Toledo. He and his teammates were ecstatic to be home.
“I think all of us are happy to be here,” said Holt. On the road trip, guys were excited to come home and get their apartment and stuff setup so it feels good to be home. Hopefully we can show it.”
The Clippers showed it with a 5-2 victory over the Mud Hens in front of a packed house at Huntington Park. Carlos Moncrief smacked a three-run home run in the first and Francisco Lindor and Jesus Aguilar connected on a solo shots to account for all of the Clippers’ runs. Holt went 1-3 with a run scored, walk, and stolen base.
It’s no secret that the addition of Holt would make the Tribe a better team defensively. But for right now, he’s laser focused on helping the Clippers win.
“Only time will tell and when they need me that will be my chance,” said Holt. “I have to realize that and help the Clippers win. That’s where I am right now and what I need to focus on.”
Standings Update: At the conclusion of Saturday’s home opener, the Clippers are 5-5 and tied with the Louisville Bats for second place in the International League West Division. They trail the Toledo Mud Hens (6-4) by one game.
Cold Bats, Hot Pitching: Entering Saturday’s game, the Clippers owned the IL’s worst batting average (.157) and second best ERA (1.97). Veteran lefty Bruce Chen‘s 0.75 ERA through two starts is third best in the IL.
Francisco Lindor Watch: The Tribe’s top prospect hit his first home run of the season in Saturday’s home opener versus Toledo. He finished the night 1-4 to bring his batting average to .212 in 10 games. His three stolen bases ties Holt for the team lead.
Ohio High School Standout Promoted: Lakewood, Ohio native Alex Lavisky was promoted from Akron to the Columbus to replace Brett Hayes, who was recalled to replace injured Yan Gomes. Lavisky led Lakewood St. Edward High School to an Ohio Division I state baseball championship at Huntington Park in 2010.
Photo: Rachel Shehy/DTTWLN photographer