Jamie Dixon isn't the only Horned Frog coming home.
The Texas Rangers have acquired former TCU catcher Bryan Holaday, according to Rangers executive vice president of communications John Blake.
Rangers have acquired catcher Bryan Holaday from Detroit for RHP Myles Jaye and C Bobby Wilson. LHP Sam Freeman designated for assignment.— John Blake (@RangerBlake) March 30, 2016
The Rangers received Holaday from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for catcher Bobby Wilson and pitcher Myles Jaye. Holaday has played for the Tigers since 2012. Last season, he recorded a .281 batting average and 13 RBI.
But last Saturday, Holaday injured his thumb during a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies. On Monday, MLive reported that he was removed from the Tigers' starting lineup.
But all is well. Now he'll be coming back to play for his hometown team.
Holaday, of course, played catcher at TCU and was part of the 2010 College World Series team. He earned the Johnny Bench Award, given to the top college catcher, and finished his senior season batting .355 with 53 RBIs. Holaday grew up in the Dallas area, playing his prep ball at Warren Travis White High School, where he was a standout pitcher and short stop. He is definitely excited to be joining the team he grew up rooting for, and released a statement saying as much:
Thank you Detroit for everything, it's been fun! Now it's time to get to work! Let's go @Rangers!!! ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/rxFRlvs0G8— Bryan Holaday (@jbholaday) March 30, 2016
Let's hope we'll be seeing him hanging around Lupton more often. The Rangers are just 30 minutes away, after all.
Welcome home, Bryan.