Uncommitted Spotlight- '17 Morgan Holmes, C, Hopkins

By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

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Morgan Holmes 

Name: Morgan Holmes
Position: C/2B
Class: 2017
Height/Weight: 5-foot-10, 180-pounds
High School: Hopkins
PBR Rank: #44 in MN 2017 Class

Evaluation:  3/20/16- 5-foot-10, 175-pound right-handed hitting catcher. 7.5 runner. Solid build. One of better B.P.’s at event. Square stance, short balanced stride, stays connected in load and stride, short to contact, clean bat path, consistent hard contact with middle/pull approach. 83 mph exit velocity. Good balance and fluid movements behind plate. Solid receiver. Fast twitch actions. Occasional hitch in exchange/release. Quick arm path. Above avg. carry and accuracy to bag. 2.03 pop time with 76 mph arm strength. 

PBR: What schools have you been hearing from?
HOLMES: Minnesota St., Winona St., Iowa Central CC, Century CC, St. Thomas and St. Scholastica as well as many other JUCO, D2 and D3 programs.

PBR: Have you taken any visits? Do you have any scheduled in the near future?
HOLMES: I've visited Century CC after a tryout I had there recently. I have quite a few future visits that I am trying to find dates for that work best with my school and family schedules.

PBR: Are you looking for anything in particular in a school?
HOLMES: Academic programs are the biggest thing I'm looking for in a school, but also a quality baseball program that fits me and has a family-like atmosphere for the team is important to me.

PBR: What were some of the highlights of your junior year?
HOLMES: During the spring I was happy learning a new position (2B), while batting .435 in conference against some very talented pitchers. I was named to the All-Section 6AAAA team which was very special to me. I was out a majority of the summer with a broken finger but was able to come back for Legion Sub-State and made it within one game of advancing to the state tournament but lost to Wayzata in the final game.

PBR: What are your goals for this year? 
HOLMES: Some of my goals for my senior year consist of continuing to improve my game behind the plate and in the box, also being a leader to the younger guys coming up as we will have a lot of incoming varsity players, having just graduated 12 seniors from our team in 2015. Also for my team both spring and summer to make it to state. This past spring and summer we came very close but just came up short, so I'm confident in our team to make it to state this year.

PBR: Do you play any other sports?
HOLMES: I am the varsity quarterback for my high school football team.

HOLMES: I currently have a 3.3 GPA with a 24 ACT.