Miami Marlins: Post Series Grades

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Lewis Brinson
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Lewis Brinson /
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MIAMI, FL – MARCH 31: Bryan Holaday /

Bryan Holaday +.311

Bryan Holaday was a non-roster invitee to Marlins’ camp just a month ago. In Saturday’s game, he showed that he’s still clutch.

Holaday is a 30-year-old catcher from Dallas. In 2010, the Detroit Tigers chose him in the sixth round of the draft, then let him develop through their system. From 2012 through 2015 (and a little in 2017), Holaday appeared in 121 games as Detroit’s backup backstop, slashing .250/.279/.337. They traded him to the Rangers for Myles Jaye and Bobby Wilson before the 2016 season.

After spending 2016 bouncing around the systems of the Rangers later the Boston Red Sox, Holaday played with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2017 spring training. He didn’t make the cut, and again joined the Tigers for the 2017 campaign.

Holaday made the club as the #4 catcher out of camp, but has remained with the team for added depth in the absence of J.T. Realmuto. In the second game of the season, he came into the contest as a pinch hitter for Jarlin Garcia in the 15th inning, then got out on an infield fly. On Saturday, he was one-for-three from the plate, but also drew a walk and collected an RBI, later scoring a run.

His only hit thus far this season was an important one. It tied Miami at six runs apiece with Chicago. It came with two-out and two-on in the bottom of the eighth, and sent the game to eventual extra innings.