It’s time we get to know the Dodgers’ pitching prospect Ben Holmes. As a matter of fact, Holmes was named the Arizona Fall League Pitcher of the Week last week. Furthermore, if you like prospects; this is a name to write down somewhere and keep track of through next season.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) November 6, 2018
Holmes took home the award last week by throwing five innings of one-hit, shutout baseball and striking out six hitters in his lone outing. Equally important? He is tied for the league lead currently in strikeouts with Houston Astros no. 2 prospect Forrest Whitley. Nonetheless, keeping that kind of company will get you noticed in a hurry within prospect circles.
Holmes is 26-years old and came to the Dodgers from the Miami Marlins organization where he was selected in the 9th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. Also, you can take a look at his minor league baseball-reference page here.
Holmes on his Performance in the AFL:
He had this to say about his performance in the Arizona Fall League:
“I mean it’s awesome, it’s just an awesome experience,” Holmes said of his time in the Fall League. “I was kind of stagnant for a while in the other organization [Miami] and the Dodgers gave me kind of a fresh breath of air. Just a new start.”
“One foot at a time,” Holmes said. “Keep my mind where my feet are, don’t get too far ahead, don’t think about the past too much. Just one step forward at a time.”
Moreover, these are awesome quotes. Uniquely, the type you would expect from a mature 26-year old prospect that has had time to gain perspective over a life in baseball.
And let us not forget – a humble left-handed prospect jumped several levels to make an impact for the Dodgers in 2018. His name is Caleb Ferguson.
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