Clay Holmes has made a big impact in a short amount of time with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The former Slocomb star just wrapped up his first full season of professional baseball.
And, Holmes turned some head in the Pirates organization, going 5-3 with a 2.28 e.r.a. for Pittsburgh's New York Penn League squad. Holmes got a few days at home this week before heading to the Pirates advanced fall league.
"He spent Wednesday night speaking to group of local players at Dale County High School. Holmes message; keep your eye on the prize if you want to succeed.
"I think my priorities have been straight and I've seen a lot of people where it hasn't been," Holmes said. "I feel like the game finds a way of weeding those guys out."
Holmes was named pitcher of the year for the State College Spikes, and he believes he's on the right track, as he tries to work his way up the ladder in the Pirates minor league system.
"I really think my fastball was probably the main reason for my success," Holmes said. "I think that's really helped."
The Pirates selected Holmes in the 9th Round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft.
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