Auburn is still in the postseason hunt, but Will Holland already has something to celebrate.
The Tigers’ junior shortstop was drafted in the fifth round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. Holland was the 149th overall pick in the draft.
He has maintained a .248 batting average and a .794 on-base percentage as a junior. Holland has also scored 45 runs while recording 53 hits and 30 RBIs.
The junior also leads the team in home runs with nine and is tied for the team lead in stolen bases with 14.
Holland finished his sophomore campaign with a .313 batting average with a .936 on-base percentage. He also scored 61 runs while notching 78 hits and 52 RBIs. He started 65 of the 66 games that he played in as a sophomore.
As a sophomore, Holland also contributed 12 home runs, 18 doubles and nine stolen bases.
He was named second team All-SEC after his sophomore year. He was the first Auburn shortstop to earn All-SEC recognition since 2011 while he led the team in runs. Holland was also a semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace Award presented to the nation’s best shortstop.
Holland, who’s from Lawrenceville, Ga., has been a primary contributor for the Tigers since his first day on the Plains. As a freshman he started 41 of the 45 games he played. In his first year he hit .209 with an on-base percentage of .642. He also hit three home runs and scored 23 runs while adding 18 RBIs to his total.