Despite being the top prospect in Major League Baseball, shortstop Jackson Holliday will start the season in the minor leagues. The Baltimore Orioles announced that Holliday will start at Triple-A with outfielders Heston Kjerstad and Kyle Stowers.

The first overall selection in the 2022 June Amateur Draft had a solid cap, hitting .311/.354/.600 with two home runs. Despite Holliday’s strong performance and extensive playtime at second base during Spring, the Orioles went with Ramon Urias. Meanwhile, 2023 American League Rookie of the Year Gunnar Henderson is safe at shortstop.

But given his strong performance in the minors last season (hitting .323/.442/.499), Holliday might not stay long in Triple-A. There’s also an incentive for the Orioles to promote Holliday to the majors in the first two months.

If Holliday stays on the MLB roster all season, the Orioles won’t get draft compensation. But if he plays after a couple of months, he is still eligible to earn extra service time by finishing first or second in the ROY voting.

Likewise, Holliday is facing a roster logjam. With Henderson their top shortstop option, Jorge Mateo can also play backup to Henderson and Urias. Veteran second baseman Kolton Wong could make the MLB roster to beef up their infield rotation. The Orioles will announce their final roster soon.

-Lance Fernandez