I clearly missed out on adding a bunch of affordable Corey Seager autographed cards early in his professional career, so I figured I should get on the bus early to grab some cards of our 2014 1st round draft pick now. I know it's a gamble, but what the heck, eh? Check out my first addition in this post. Featured here is a 2014 Leaf Metal Draft autographed card of Grant Holmes.
The jury is still out as to whether Holmes will be a front-line starter for the Dodgers in the future, and his stats from his first year in professional ball do not provide a clear indication. He is promising, though.
Just a couple of weeks after signing his first professional contract in mid-June, Holmes went to work on the mound in the Arizona League for the first time. He pitched two scoreless innings against Seattle's club; striking out an impressive five batters in two innings of work. Holmes eventually got into seven rookie level games for the Arizona Dodgers before advancing to the clubs Pioneer League team in Ogden.
Overall, he did well in Arizona. Holmes pitched 30 innings and struck a total of 33 batters. Furthermore, batters were hitting just .187 against him, so he clearly had a good start. Grant Holmes has a reputation for having a big mid to high 90's fastball, and early indications are that he was able to use the pitch to overwhelm batters.
His short Pioneer League stint was not as rosy. He got into only four games, but got hit hard on a couple of occasions. Holmes pitched just 18.1 innings; giving up 10 earned runs and 19 hits over that span. On the bright side, he continued to strike out batters at a healthy clip. In those 18.1 innings he struck out 25 batters.
Like I said, the jury is still out about Grant Holmes, but you gotta like what we've seen so far. I've been looking high and low for a current scouting report on him, so once I run across one I'll pass it along.
Below are his career stats, via Baseball Reference:
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