Michael Hollimon gets shot at shotstop for Mud Hens

With Mud Hens infielder, Kevin Hooper, signing a minor league contract with the Houston Astros, an opportunity has risen for Michael Hollimon to continue his quick rise through the Tiger farm system. Hooper, who was a minor league free agent, saw an opportunity to make a big league roster and took it:

Hooper’s agent, Steve Canter, said Tuesday evening that a major factor in the decision was the prospect of making the Astros’ Opening Day roster as a utility infielder…

“He’s got a legitimate opportunity to break camp with the (Astros) as a utility infielder, but this was a very, very tough decision. Kevin really respects the people in Detroit and Toledo.”

It probably wasn’t that tough of a decision with Carlos Guillen moving to first base and Edgar Renteria brought in to fill shortstop, the Tigers have the infield locked up for the next couple years at least. Kevin Hooper is 30 (few days away from 31.)

This further opens up an opportunity for Hollimon to play in Toledo this year at shortstop regarless of his move to second base last year. Hollimon played in Erie last year where he had a .849 OPS (.371 OBP) but saw a few games in Toledo where he was shortstop. Michael turned some heads at the Arizona Fall League this past fall and a solid year at Toledo could lead to a tough decision on Renteria’s $12M club option for 2009.

But first he has to show some continued hitting prowess in Toledo.

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4 Responses to Michael Hollimon gets shot at shotstop for Mud Hens

  1. Travis Hoffman says:

    That Hollimon boy is on steroids

  2. Eric Jackson says:

    While MLB doesn’t have the greatest testing policy, the minor leagues sure does.

  3. Rob Vardell says:

    Michael HGolliman was a stud at Dallas Jesuit Prep, and he is one classy young man. I hope he makes it to the bigs, where he can join another former Jesuit Ranger, Kevin Hart. Good luck to Michael!

  4. Joey Davenport says:

    Played ball with Michael (excuse me… Mike) Hollimon growing up. I echo what Rob Vardell said… Mike is nothing but class. Congrats on your first hit today Mike! And to Travis Hoffman’s comment, that’s what people were saying at age 8. Some people are just blessed. I’m guessing you didn’t mean it literally.

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