Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Round 8: Greg Holt, RHP, University of North Carolina

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2011 Stats
2011222 Teams2 LgsA-A-WSN12.3333.86170400235.03118151140254011511.2868.
1 Season12.3333.86170400235.03118151140254011511.2868.
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Generated 3/12/2012.

Sean's one sentence analysis: Rubber-armed righty doesn't have blow-you-away stuff, but does find a way to get people out anyways.

Thoughts from the community:
"Holt got hit hard when bumped up to Hagerstown at the end of '11, which were inning nos. 75-96 of the year -- more than double his 2010 college total. But having seen him in person, he does possess a plus curveball, reminiscent of Clint Everts." - Luke Erickson, Nationals Prospects (@nats_prospects)

Previous analysis and notes:
Hit .385/.431/.631 (albeit in 65 at bats) this season and threw 55 and 1/3 innings of 3.09 ERA ball almost all out of the bullpen, with 63 K and 30 BB. Appears to have been drafted as a RHP. Another middle relief prospect.
Nats.com Roundup: "Holt began his career in Chapel Hill as a pitcher and designated hitter but moved exclusively to the bullpen for his final two seasons. He struck out 103 over 99 1/3 innings the past two years."
From Kelly Parsons, The Daily Tarheel, 6/15/2011: "And just two years ago, few people — even those closest to Holt — thought they’d see the day. 'I was telling my mom, Did you ever think I was going to get drafted after the way freshman and sophomore years went?' Holt said. 'She goes, 'No.'"
From John Sickels, Minor League Ball, 6/14/2011: "Average velocity at 88-91, but has a good curveball. A senior like Dupra but doesn't have as much upside. 3.65 ERA, 64/31 K/BB in 57 IP. Future middle reliever."
From Aaron Fitt, Baseball America, 2/20/2011: "Senior righty Greg Holt has gradually developed into an invaluable bullpen anchor during his UNC career, which began as a position player. After hitting 92-94 mph on the radar gun while striking out five in 2 2/3 scoreless innings Friday against Cal Poly, Holt came back to throw two strong innings Saturday, allowing just one hit (though he did allow an inherited runner to score). He sat in the 89-91 range and touched 92 Saturday, and his 80-83 slider was very effective. 'I told Greg on the bus the other day, I was glad he couldn't hit,' UNC coach Mike Fox said. 'He came into our program as a hitter, and I was trying to make a joke—not a very funny one. It didn't work out for him as a hitter, but we saw that arm strength. When he just started focusing on pitching, the sky's been the limit with him. The great thing about Greg is he recovers so quickly—he's got a rubber arm.'"

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Holt signed with the Nats on June 16, 2011.

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