Former GHS standout Holt called up by Indians


Published: Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 4:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 4:54 p.m.

Once he received the promotion to Major League Baseball, it didn't take Tyler Holt long to see action with the Cleveland Indians.

Holt, the former Gainesville High standout, received the call-up from Triple A on Sunday morning. Holt made his major league debut as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning against Kansas City later in the day in the Indians' 4-1 win.

Holt, 25, filled the roster spot created when the Indians placed outfielder Michael Bourn on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury.

Holt, who was the Indians' 10th-round draft choice from Florida State University in 2010, was hitting .302 with a .433 on-base percentage in 37 games for Triple-A Columbus. He began the season at Double-A Akron, where he batted .298 with a .416 on-base percentage in 39 contests.

“He can play all outfield positions and go out there and play center," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said of Holt in talking to Ohio.com. "He swings at strikes. He's done, really, everything the organization has asked him to do, moving level-to-level, and done it in a really professional way. He's a good teammate. I think it's kind of nice to be able to reward guys who do it right.”

In 74 games in the minors this season, Holt is hitting .304, .427 on-base percentage, two home runs, 26 runs batted in, and has 21 steals in 24 attempts. He also walked more times (56) than he struck out (51).

“I think he can do a little bit of everything and he's pretty reliable," Francona said. "For a young player, that's a big compliment.”

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