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Jackson Holliday is the son of Matt Holliday, and he's one of the best prospects in 2022.
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This year’s MLB Draft class is littered with legacy prospects. Everywhere you look, there’s a son of a former MLB player who has an identical swing to his dad.

Druw Jones might be the best of the bunch, and he looks like a carbon copy of his father, Andruw Jones. Justin Crawford might be a bit taller than his dad, but he’s a speedster with a sweet left-handed swing like his pops.

Jackson Holliday, the son of seven-time All-Star Matt Holliday, looks nothing like his dad on the field. And yet he’s considered one of the top-rated prospects who’s ready to dominate at the next level.

Matt Holliday’s Son Jackson Holliday

Jackson is one of four children to Matt and Leslee Holliday.

Standing 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, Jackson’s build is nothing like that of Matt, who stood 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds during his playing career. Jackson is also much more athletic and plays shortstop.

At Stillwater High School in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Jackson has routinely put his smooth, fluid left-handed swing on display. In fact, his stroke looks a lot more like Justin Smoak’s than the elder Holliday.

Jackson hit the ninth home run of his senior season on April 2. This was just less than a week after he hit three home runs in a single district game against Tulsa Union.

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Growing up a son of an MLB star had its perks, of course. Jackson looked up to teammates of Matt’s like Nolan Arenado.

But Matt recalled on the Table Forty podcast that even from a young age his son had a better swing than he did.

“I remember thinking, ‘he’s got a better swing than I do.’ He’s like three at the time and he just naturally got into position,” Matt said.

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Nearly 15 years later, Jackson Holliday is about to embark on his own baseball path.

Jackson Holliday is Committed to Oklahoma State

Jackson committed to Oklahoma State in what will be a family affair if he chooses to head there over the MLB Draft.

His uncle is Josh Holliday, the current head coach for Oklahoma State baseball who played for the Cowboys and briefly in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Matt currently serves as a volunteer assistant coach on the staff, which also includes Robin Ventura as a student assistant.

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“I’m very excited. We pretty much do work every day,” Jackson said of joining his dad, via the Table Forty podcast.

To add to the family affair going on in Stillwater, Jackson’s younger brother Ethan also committed to Oklahoma State. Ethan is a class of 2025 infielder and pitcher who still has a few years before college.

Jackson will be incredibly tough to sign for any MLB teams looking to land him in this year’s MLB Draft, for all of those reasons above. MLB.com ranks him the 51st best prospect and calls him one of the “best hitters” in the class.

Jackson may not ever hit 316 home runs or play 15 years in MLB, but it’ll be fun to watch him develop.

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