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SoCal ProCase Spotlight: C Jack Holman


Les Lukach
State Scouting Director

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FULLERTON, CALIF. - At 6-foot-4, 217-pounds you’re bound to stand out from the crowd a little bit. When you’re that size, a UCLA baseball commit, and possess the offensive skills from the left side that rising senior Jack Holman of Etiwanda HS does, you’re going to stand out a lot. 

And that’s exactly what happened at the SoCal ProCase as Holman wasted little time setting the tone early in his first round of BP what he was out to show. 

5/2/2019

 

Holman began by showing his ability to go the other way with several line drives to the left-center field gap. About halfway through his first round and through the conclusion of his session he showed off his huge power to the pull side. His peak exit speed of 97.3 mph and peak distance of 368’7” registered on Trackman were not far off of his averages. 

In other words, Holman hits balls very hard and far. When you look at his Blast Motion metrics, you see how and why Holman does those things. 

His Blast Motion slash line which measures avg. Bat Speed/Rotational Acceleration/On Plane Efficiency of 71 mph/22g/80% was above the showcase average across the board. In two categories (bat speed & rotational acceleration) by a lot. Rotational acceleration measures how quickly your bat accelerates into the swing plane. His average of 22g paired with his hand speed of 23.2 mph results in a fast, powerful barrel coming through the zone for a long time. 

As with any player, the SoCal ProCase was an opportunity to showcase their skills amongst their peers in the 2021 class. With 67 representatives from 22 MLB Organizations in attendance, some teams 2-3 deep, and the talent on the SoCal ProCase roster, Holman had the opportunity to get his name in front of decision makers. 

For Holman, he did that and much more at the SoCal ProCase. 

THE REPORT: 

Body: 6-foot-4, 217-pounds. Large, physical, strong frame with length and room to add mass. Broad shoulders with present upper body strength. 

Hit: Left-handed hitter. Open, upright setup with hands in front of chest. Slight leg lift with a significant stride. Pulls hands back a tick during a slight coil before driving backside into the ball. His Blast Motion slash line of 71 mph/22g/80% puts him in the top category of collegiate players. His impact metrics - bat speed 71 mph, time to contact :13, and attack angle 8° -  are equally impressive and all above average for a collegiate player. 

Power: Trackman data shows Holman had an average exit speed of 89 mph with a peak of 97.3 mph. His lowest velocity registered was his first hit at 77.7 mph, a line drive to right-center field. Holman’s use of his elite hand speed allows him to be very minimalistic to generate power in his swing. There’s more consistent power to come as matures physically. 

Field: Holman moves very well behind the plate despite his size. There’s athleticism in his actions and shows the ability to recover from balls in dirt quickly and ready to throw. Showed quiet, soft hands. Set up hitters well with his pitch calling. 

Arm: Pops: 2.01-2.08, 75 mph. Showed a quick release with clean throwing mechanics. Transitions are clean and fast with the entire body working in sync. Throws were at or within distance to make a play on a runner.  

Run: 7.15 laser-timed 60 on a grass surface. Best time of any catcher in attendance. 

Summary: Any way you look at it, Jack Holman stands out. He’s a big guy at 6-foot-4, but he’s also a big time player on the field. His present power and its future potential are obvious. They’re also confirmed by data. His ability to consistently put that power to use will go a long way in determining how long after high school Holman will play. For now, he’s a UCLA commit who can’t go wrong suiting up for the Bruins in the future. His 4.16 GPA should be an indication of the seriousness with which he approaches his academics. However, as he demonstrated at the SoCal ProCase, there’s going to be plenty of scouting interest as he moves into his senior season and the 2021 MLB Draft. Whether or not that opportunity becomes reality next summer, there's no doubt it will happen after his time in Westwood. 

 

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