With fall ACC baseball now underway, Boston College head baseball coach Mike Gambino has the opportunity to not only look at players that will help his team next spring. But also the new addition to his coaching staff. Tyler Holt was added to the staff during the offseason. His primary role with the team will be that of assistant coach where he will also work with the hitters as the team hitting coach. Plus, Holt will work with the outfielders and with baserunners. It is a lot to ask of a coach who has just arrived on the scene, getting to know his new players, having them buy into his way of playing the game on both sides of the ball. However, that is the purpose of fall ball, ironing out things before spring arrives and games start being played. This is baseball in the ACC.
Holt comes to Boston College after spending the last three seasons at Florida State where he was the volunteer assistant coach. He would help the Seminoles to a pair of regional tournament appearances that would include a trip to the College World Series in 2018. Tyler is a former player at FSU spending three years in the outfield at Florida State. During his time there, Holt hit .359, with 59 doubles, 21 home runs, and 117 runs batted in. He would earn All-American status in both 2009 and 2010. He received freshman All-American honors in 2008 as well as an ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove in 2009. In 2010, Holt was a 10th round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians and in 2014 made his MLB debut with the Indians. He would go on to play three seasons in the bigs, one with Cleveland and two with the Cincinnati Reds. He would play 156 games in the majors, hitting .228 in those games.
Holt comes to BC to work on an offense that hit .270 as a team in 49 games played last year. They would hit 38 home runs as a team, with Luke Gold leading the way with nine. They hit 99 doubles and 11 triples and the team slugged 409 for the year. They had an on-base percentage of .359 while stealing 53 bases in 73 attempts with Sal Frelick leading the way with 13 in 18 attempts. He was the only Eagle in double figures in steales. Tyler’s immediate job during fall ball will be to establish how he wants to attack an offense while coach Gambino tries to figure out how to replace two important players in his everyday lineup in Frelick and Cody Morissette who both were drafted by MLB teams last July.
This is what the months of September and October are about in ACC college baseball. Putting your system in place, and getting your team ready for a season that gets started four and a half months from now.