We continue the list today with number 41 in our countdown with FSU junior outfielder Tyler Holt. He is from Gainesville Florida where he attended Gainesville High School. He won four letters from GHS where he had an outstanding career. He picked up third team All-State as a freshman, second team All-State as a junior, and first team All-State as a sophomore and senior. His senior season saw him have an outstanding campaign where he had a .608 average with six homers, 42 RBI, and 32 stolen bases. Holt was also solid off the field holding down a 3.6 GPA in high school including being a member of the Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society.
Florida State was able to go into Gainesville and convince Holt to come to Tallahassee to play under legendary coach Mike Martin Sr. Holt did not disappoint as a freshman as he served as the team’s everyday center fielder as he started all 68 games of the season. He finished the season with a .324 average with three homers and 41 RBI. On the basepaths, Holt was solid as he stole a team high 15 bases in 24 attempts. Holt was also the team leader in walks with 64 which was second best in the country. He received at least a walk in 44 out of 68 games including an outstanding streak of 13 straight games. He also tied a school record as he reached base in 55 straight games.
Holt picked up in his sophomore season right where he left off by starting in all 63 games. He finished the season with a .401 average with five homers and 28 RBI as he served as the Seminoles leadoff hitter. He was a terror on the basepaths with 34 stolen bases in 39 attempts. He continued his high walk totals also as he led the team with 54 on the year. Tyler was honored by as a First Team All-ACC selection. He spent the summer of 2009 with the USA Collegiate National Team where the team went a 19-5. Holt appeared in 23 out of 24 team games. He finished tied for first on the squad with a .371 average while driving in 14 runs. He was again outstanding on the basepaths with 19 stolen bases in 21 attempts. He also led the team with 24 walks.
The first time I saw Holt play he reminded me of former Florida State lead off hitter Shane Robinson who had an outstanding collegiate career in Tallahassee. I would expect that Holt will continue to develop into one of the top college baseball players in the country. Hopefully we get the chance to see him put his skills on display in Omaha for the first time in his career.
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