Tampa Bay Rays sign Holloway to contract

By Sean Harvey ’10

Former Lynn University Gold Glove Catcher Kyle Holloway ’10 has been signed to a minor league contract by Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays. Holloway, a 4-year letter winner for the Fighting Knights, was signed shortly after the MLB First year player draft on June 9. Holloway, a Deerfield Beach, Fla. native, was a defensive standout for the Knights since he stepped on campus in Sept. 2006 and helped bring the program to an all-time high—its first National Championship.

In his career as a Fighting Knight, Holloway played in 185 games, starting 167. He held a career batting average of .286, while tallying 183 hits, 22 homeruns and 118 runs-batted-in. During his sophomore season Holloway was named Daktronics First Team All-South Region and Second Team All-Sunshine State Conference. The following year Holloway won the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Gold Glove All-American as the nation’s top defensive catcher and led the Fighting Knights baseball program to its first National Championship in Lynn University’s history.

Holloway has reported to the Tampa Bay Ray’s New York Penn League team, the Hudson Valley Renegades, to begin his professional career. He joins fellow 2010 Fighting Knight, Tommy Kahnle, in professional baseball as Kahnle was drafted in the fifth round by the defending champion New York Yankees.