With the 22nd pick in the 1st round of the 2014 MLB Draft the Los Angeles Dodgers selected Grant Holmes from Conway High School in Conway, South Carolina.
Holmes is a 6’2″, 190 LB right handed pitcher that is going to get much bigger. However, he already possess a thick body frame and has a power arm. His fastball has been clocked between 91-94 and has been known to kick it up to 96.
His fastball isn’t his best pitch though. Nope, that would be his curveball. John Hart, the analyst for MLB Network and former GM of the Texas Rangers, believes that Holmes’ curveball will be his best pitch going forward and may be one of the best in the 2014 draft.
Holmes possess an easy delivery with a waist high leg kick and a 3/4 delivery. He’s control is relatively solid, though it’s not the best part of his game. His arm slot projects well to the major leagues and he’s not much of a project, he just needs seasoning.
John Hart ranks his stuff on the 20-80 scale below:
Change Up: 50
In terms of a comparison, Hart compares Holmes to a young Jordan Zimmerman, the stud pitcher of the Washington Nationals. I think everyone in the Dodgers organization would more than take that.
If there’s one thing to know about Grant Holmes it’s this: he has the best hair in the draft. There is absolutely no question about that. Break out the wigs!
The Dodgers have one more pick to make on Thursday night when they select at 62nd overall. Expect the Dodgers to continue the trend a select a pitcher with their second pick of the 2014 draft.