Interesting arm drafted in 9th round who was paid overslot, who was named Division 2 Junior College Player of the year in 2016 due to his superb pitching and fantastic hitting. While he did well on both aspects of the ball, Holderman is most definitely a pitcher going forward, and a promising one at that.
RHP Colin Holderman
R/R, 6’5″ 220 LBS, 10/8/1995 (21), Drafted Round 9, 280 overall, out of Heartland Community College for 400,000 dollars (263,000 over slot).
A junior college star, Holderman has a very interesting arm, and is likely someone you follow with interest.
Originally pitching at the University of Southern Illinois in 2015, Colin didn’t fare too well, in 38.2 innings with a 7.68 ERA, and walking more than he struck out (21/16 BB/K Ratio.) As a hitter, he didn’t register a hit in eight games. It was clear he had some work to do. He transferred to Heartland Community College the next year and just destroyed the community college competition over the 2016 junior college season both at the plate and on the mound. As a righthanded hitter, Holderman hit .489/.565/.843 with 18 doubles, 3 triples, and 13 home runs in 57 games as a hitter.
Meanwhile, on the mound, Holderman pitched in 12 games, striking out 92 in 74.1 innings, while walking only 23 and honing a 1.57 ERA. Holderman absolutely dominated the competition on both fronts and took home the 2016 NJCAA DII Baseball Player of the Year honor. He had a commitment to Mississippi State set up for the next year, but instead signed with the Mets.
Signed for 263,000 dollars over slot after being drafted in the 9th round, I thought Holderman would be going to Brooklyn and starting, but it looks like the Mets wanted to keep him in Kingsport and under an innings limit, so they had him pitch 18.2 more innings. His control wavered a bit, as he walked 11 and struck out only 13, and posted a 3.86 ERA. While he was a reliever at first, I believe he is going to be a starter moving forward, since he threw the most amount of innings in his career.
A very nice frame at 6’5, 220, Holderman is evidently very athletic on the mound, sporting a high leg kick that some have compared to Bronson Arroyo in the past.
He has a few evident mechanical issues, but the Mets are a great organization for developing pitchers, and can possibly teach him how to smooth some of them out so he can be effective.
Holderman’s arsenal is pretty interesting, throwing in the low-90’s and has touched 96 in the past, that may become more, as the Mets usually find find a way to actually increase velocity among pitchers. In general, he has a three-pitch mix that also features a slider that flashes plus, and a changeup that is average. His control is iffy as the numbers show right now, but that can change with some development.
He’s definitely a guy to keep an eye on, and he will probably start for the Columbia Fireflies this coming season.
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