2014 VEB Community Projections: Matt Holliday

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In Colorado, from ages 24-28, Matt Holliday hit .319/.386/.552 for an OPS+ of 131.

In St. Louis, from ages 29-33, Matt Holliday hit .306/.389/.520 for an OPS+ of 148.

A lot of words have been spent on how underrated Matt Holliday's career has been, but I never noticed before I started this post how good he's actually been with St. Louis. Even with declining power (ISOs of .220-.229-.202-.190 over the past four season) and lower BABIPs (.331-.330-.337-.322 vs .341-.359.377.351 in the four years prior), he has maintained a very strong offensive profile on the back of a high walk rate and prodigious doubles power.

There was an interesting discussion a couple of days ago where we were discussing Cardinal players with 80 tools, and one person mentioned Matt Holliday's power. He's never hit a prodigious number of HRs, but anecdotally, I've seen only a few players make consistently harder contact than Matt Holliday. Just ask Trevor Cahill!

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via archive.org

If you want to read more about Holliday's low ball skill, read this article from Joe a few weeks ago. He does a great job summarizing.

Stats via Fangraphs:

Season

Team

Age

G

PA

HR

R

RBI

SB

CS

BABIP

AVG

OBP

SLG

wOBA

wRC+

2004

Rockies

24

121

439

14

65

57

3

3

0.339

0.29

0.349

0.488

0.361

104

2005

Rockies

25

125

526

19

68

87

14

3

0.332

0.307

0.361

0.505

0.372

116

2006

Rockies

26

155

667

34

119

114

10

5

0.351

0.326

0.387

0.586

0.41

139

2007

Rockies

27

158

713

36

120

137

11

4

0.377

0.34

0.405

0.607

0.428

151

2008

Rockies

28

139

623

25

107

88

28

2

0.359

0.321

0.409

0.538

0.409

141

2009

2 Teams

29

156

670

24

94

109

14

7

0.341

0.313

0.394

0.515

0.391

141

2010

Cardinals

30

158

675

28

95

103

9

5

0.331

0.312

0.39

0.532

0.397

149

2011

Cardinals

31

124

516

22

83

75

2

1

0.33

0.296

0.388

0.525

0.395

154

2012

Cardinals

32

157

688

27

95

102

4

4

0.337

0.295

0.379

0.497

0.378

142

2013

Cardinals

33

141

602

22

103

94

6

1

0.322

0.3

0.389

0.49

0.383

148

Total



1434

6119

251

949

966

101

35

0.343

0.311

0.387

0.531

0.394

140

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