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Milwaukee Brewers pick Gabe Holt in 7th round of MLB Draft

A speedy outfielder that could wreak havoc on the base paths

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In the seventh round of the 2019 MLB draft, the Milwaukee Brewers selected speedster Gabe Holt out of Texas Tech. While playing for the Red Raiders, Holt took over the leadoff spot for the entirety of his collegiate career. His speed is rated plus-plus, and scouts believe he has a chance to become an above average hitter based on quick hands and good understanding of the strike zone. During the past season, he slashed .324/.409/.435.

The 5’10,” 170 pound outfielder will not hit for much power. With elite speed, one might think Holt to be an elite defender. That is not the case. He began his career at Texas Tech as a second baseman, but it did not work out at the keystone. He spent most of the past couple of years in right field. Right now he struggles with his reads and routes to the ball. He did play some center field and even some shortstop this past season. So there could be versatility there to go along with the elite speed.

Scouting data courtesy of Baseball America
Statistics courtesy of The Baseball Cube