O’S CALLING UP JACKSON HOLLIDAY, MAYBE IN TIME FOR BOSOX GAME TONIGHT!

By Steve Kelly

The Orioles plan to call up Jackson Holliday, their 20-year-old infielder, perhaps as early as tonight with the middle game of their series in Boston on tap.

Holliday was the No. 1 pick in the 2022 amateur draft out of high school in Oklahoma and breezed through the minor leagues, narrowly missing out on a spot on the Orioles’ opening-day roster last month. He hit .333 with two home runs and five doubles in 42 at-bats during a short stint with Triple-A Norfolk this season.

Holliday is a son of seven-time All-Star and 2007 NL batting champion Matt Holliday.

The timing of Holliday’s call-up is early enough for him to receive a full year of service time. The Orioles would receive an extra pick following the first round of the 2025 amateur draft if Holliday remains in the major leagues for the rest of this season and wins AL Rookie of the Year or finishes among the top three in MVP voting.

Holliday is the game’s top-ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline.

ESPN first reported the move.

Baltimore beat the Red Sox 7-1 on Tuesday. The Orioles are coming off a 101-win season in 2023 in which they won the AL East. Young shortstop Gunnar Henderson won AL Rookie of the Year honors, and catcher Adley Rutschman was the runner-up the previous season. Holliday is the latest star to come up through their impressive farm system.

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