Jason Esposito, Shorebirds third baseman and Orioles second round draft pick, played his college baseball at Vanderbilt. Three years ago Josh Holliday, the older brother of Matt Holliday, became the hitting coach at Vanderbilt. Josh is considered one of the top assistants in college baseball. Matt is of course one of the top hitters in major league baseball. In case you need numbers back that last sentence up, Matt is a five-time MLB all-star who hit .296 with 22 home runs 75 RBIs for the world champion Cardinals last season.
So, Josh Holliday was Jason’s hitting coach at Vandy the last two seasons he was there. Josh was a very good college baseball player himself. In 1999, he helped guide Oklahoma State to the College World Series by hitting .290 with 15 home runs and 65 RBIs.
Here is a link to Josh’s bio on Vanderbilt’s website if you want to learn more – CLICK HERE
Haven’t talked to Jason yet about the connection but it’s certainly an interesting one.
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