Holt, Davenport earn MLB Draft League weekly honors

Travis Holt and Louis Davenport named Draft League Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively

NEW YORK -- The MLB Draft League announced that Williamsport’s Travis Holt and State College’s Louis Davenport were named Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for the period of Aug. 15 to Aug. 21.

Holt, 23, garners Hitter of the Week honors after batting .545 (12-for-22) with nine runs scored and six RBI in six games for the Crosscutters. He led all qualified MLB Draft League hitters during the period in average and hits, ranked second in on-base percentage (.556) and runs scored, and finished among the top five in the circuit in total bases (13; t-3rd) and OPS (1.147; 5th). 

Holt recorded four multi-hit games and had at least one hit and one RBI in all six games for Williamsport. He produced three straight two-hit efforts against Trenton to begin the week and had a season-high four hits against State College on Aug. 20, going 4-for-5 with two steals. Through 21 games, Holt is batting .333/.416/.467 with 18 runs scored and 12 RBI. He’s totaled more walks (10) than strikeouts (8) in that span while going 8-for-11 on the basepaths. A Plantation, Fla., native, Holt played four seasons at High Point University (N.C.) before transferring to Butler University. As a graduate student this past spring, he batted .309 with 71 hits and 19 stolen bases in 56 games, earning Second Team All-BIG EAST honors.

Davenport, 23, matched a State College single-game record with 12 strikeouts in his Aug. 16 start against Mahoning Valley. The right-handed pitcher allowed an unearned run on four hits and two walks over a season-high 5.2 innings, throwing 62 strikes on 92 pitches in the Spikes’ 7-1 victory. He retired eight straight batters (seven via the strikeout) at one point in the outing and fanned the side in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

Davenport (1-0) has posted a 7.15 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 22.2 innings this summer while appearing in six games (five starts) for the Spikes. He’s completed at least five innings in two of his past three starts and has yielded one earned run while compiling 15 strikeouts over his last 7.2 innings. A 2021 Draft League alumnus, Davenport paced State College’s pitching staff last summer in innings (41.2). He appeared in 21 games (two starts) as a Marshall University senior this past spring, going 2-3 with a 5.31 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 39 innings.

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