TCU alum suiting up for Opening Day



Texas Rangers catcher Bryan Holaday (8) and relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen (54) talk during the team’s exhibition baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on April 1, 2016. Holaday graduated from TCU in 2010.

Bryan Holaday gets to play at home this season.

The former TCU catcher will suit up for his first game as a Texas Ranger on Monday. The Rangers acquired Holaday from the Detroit Tigers on March 29.

Holaday is a product of W.T. White High School in Dallas. He played at TCU from 2008-2010 and won the Johnny Bench Award — given to the NCAA’s best Division I catcher — his senior season. He was then drafted by the Tigers in the sixth round of the MLB Draft.

In 24 games with Detroit last season, Holaday hit .281 with two homers and 13 RBIs. He owns a .251 career average in 108 big league games. Holaday will be the Rangers’ No. 2 catcher behind Robinson Chirinos.

Texas will take on the Seattle Mariners for Opening Day at 3:05 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington.