Matt Holliday's Former Teammate Predicted Son Jackson's MLB Abilities at Ridiculously Young Age

Larry Rupp
Matt Holliday's former teammate predicted son Jackson's MLB abilities at a ridiculously young age.
Matt Holliday's former teammate predicted son Jackson's MLB abilities at a ridiculously young age. / AP Photos/Ted S. Warren

There's no denying that baseball runs in the Holliday family. Matt ended his MLB career with seven All-Star appearances and a World Series title. Meanwhile, his son Jackson shined during high school in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and was taken No. 1 overall by the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday night as a result.

Jackson Holliday MLB Draft

What many people don't know is that one of Holliday's former teammates knew this was going to happen all the way back in 2007. Colorado Rockies pitcher Josh Fogg said that it was a given that Jackson would be a first round pick in a story written by New York Times reporter Tyler Kepner.

He wasn't the only one to shower Jackson with praise, either. Infielder Jamey Carroll called the young ballplayer "awesome" in reference to his hitting prowess. Jackson became a regular in the locker room in his father's playing days, regularly swinging around aplastic bat and imitating batting stances.

The 18-year-old shortstop has come a long way since then, though. Jackson is revered for his ability to make contact at the plate and keep balls in front of him out on the field. He slashed .685/.749/1.392 across 41 games as a senior and broke a national record once held by J.T. Realmuto with 89 hits.

Holliday is the first high school position player the Orioles have taken with their top selection since Manny Machado went third overall in 2010.

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