Mets Prospect Brad Holt
Taken 33rd overall just a month ago, Mets pitching prospect Brad Holt threw five innings of no-hit ball second professional start on thursday.
Brad pitches for one of the most popular teams in all of minor league baseball, the low-A Brooklyn Cyclones of the NY-Penn league. During the start in question Holt threw 5 IP of no-hit ball with 0 BB and 6 K. Over the course of his two starts Holt has allowed only two hits in 7.1 IP, with a 10/2 strikeout to walk ratio
Born 10/13/1986 Holt is a tall and lanky right-hander at 6’4″ & 195. After pitching in the NCAA this year it is understandable that Holt is subject to a monitored pitch count. Brad is out of UNC-Wilmington, where he posted a 11-1 record with a 3.18 ERA, striking out 95 in 93.1 IP. According to scouts Holt brings the heat at 93-96 and has been primarily a ground ball pitcher. His off-speed offerings include a curve and a change but both will need work before entering the majors.
A lower ceiling player, it is conceivable that Brad could be on the fast track to the MLB and may make a splash in the big apple in late 2009 if he can develop a secondary offering.