Blue Jays 2016 Top Prospects:#14 Clinton Hollon

Despite a 50-game suspension and losing a year of development to Tommy John surgery Clinton Hollon comes in as the Toronto Blue Jays 14th ranked prospect

Jays From the Couch kicked off its inaugural Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects List with a look at a handful of Honorable Mention prospects which just missed the cut and number 15 Lupe Chavez. Next on our list is Lansing Lugnuts pitcher Clinton Hollon.

Countdown: #15-Lupe Chavez (read more)

Clinton Hollon 
DOB December 24rd, 1994
Bats: R
Throws: R

The 2015 Opening Day starter for the Vancouver Canadians was selected in the 2nd round of the 2013 draft out of Woodford County (Kentucky) High School.

Leading up to the draft Hollon was potential 1st rounder material, but elbow tendinitis in his throwing arm caused his stock to fall, allowing the Toronto Blue Jays to pick him up after choosing Phil Bickford in the 1st round. Clinton owns a mid-90’s fastball, a hard mid- 80’s slider, change, and possibly the organizations best curve ball.

After signing for $467,280, Hollon took his quick arm and sinking 95mph fastball to the Gulf Coast League for a couple of appearances in July. He didn’t allow any runs in 12.0IP before being promoted to Bluefield where his first professional season came to a shrieking halt with an elbow injury.

After missing all of 2014 recovering from Tommy John surgery, Clinton looked impressive in his return. The athletic 6’1″ right-handed pitcher started 2015 in Vancouver, making 9 starts, 2 wins and 2 losses with a 3.18ERA and 3.32FIP. Hollon held opponents to a .223 batting average and a 1.15 WHIP in 45.1 innings. Despite being a year removed from TJ, Hollon showed good command with 7.94 K/9 and 2.98 BB/9 before being promoted to Lansing to start August.

Clinton Hollon made 3 starts with the Lugnuts before being suspended for 50 games for testing positive for amphetamines and seeing his return from Tommy John come to disappointing conclusion. The Lexington, Kentucky native finished with a 1-1 record with a 4.05ERA and 1.35WHIP. In the small Lugnuts sample size, Clinton didn’t show very good command with 3.38 K/9 and 4.73 BB/9.

Overall, the 20-yr-old managed only 58.2 (career high) and continued to show the potential that made him a potential 1st round pick. John Manual of Baseball America had this to say about Clinton Hollon,

He has a lot of stuff going on. He’s had TJ. He has had a suspension. He’s hardly pitched. There is upside there, but Clint Hollon rarely has kept his stuff together over a full season. I guess I would like to see him prove it.

Outlook for 2016

Clinton Hollon will head to Lansing to start the 2016 season once he completes his suspension and comes off the restricted list. This should be the year that Hollon reaches 100 innings and shows he still has 2-3 starter potential that the Toronto Blue Jays need.

ETA: 2018

 

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