Tyler Holt has one more year to improve his value to Seminoles
Published: Saturday, July 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 1, 2006 at 4:36 a.m.
Lately, the Florida State baseball coaching staff has snuck into the Gators' backyard and signed a prospect every few years.
The Holt file
In 2000 it was Buchholz's Tony McQuade and in 2003 it was P.K. Yonge's Ryne Malone, both former Sun players of the year. Now, the Seminoles have a 2007 commitment in Gainesville High School center fielder Tyler Holt, The Sun's 2006 large-school player of the year.
A lifelong FSU fan, Holt will bring a speedy presence in the outfield, as well as a bat that delivered a .510 batting average, 50 hits, 42 runs, 28 RBIs, nine doubles, five triples and two home runs during his junior season. He also swiped 32 bases for the Hurricanes, who finished 24-5 and won District 4-5A.
Next year Holt potentially could put up even bigger numbers, as GHS returns seven of its top eight players and appears to be the area's best threat to win a state championship since infielder Malone and catcher/right-handed pitcher Flint Wipke led P.K. Yonge to the 2001 FHSAA Class 2A title game (a 2-1 loss to West Palm Beach King's Academy). Since that day an area drought has ensued, as only the Blue Wave (2A, in 2002) and Santa Fe (3A, in 2003) have gotten as far as the state semifinals.
And Holt is expected to be the catalyst of the Gainesville lineup, which will feature four players who hit at least .328 in 2006, two others who hit .250 or better and four pitchers who combined to go 15-3 with four saves.
They should be fun to watch, and then the Hurricane from the home of the Gators officially will become a Seminole.
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