With the 33rd overall pick in Thursday's MLB Draft, the Mets selected right-handed pitcher Bradley Holt. Who cares about the MLB Draft, you ask? Well, other recent Mets high draft picks include Mike Pelfrey, who is now in their rotation, and Philip Humber, who was traded for Johan Santana. So chances are, drafted at #33, you will hear the name Bradley Holt again.
It's a name that the Southern Bureau has heard a lot - Holt comes out of UNC-Wilmington, home base for the Southern Bureau. So here are some '200 Miles From the Citi' exclusives - the Southern Bureau's scouting report, plus video - an exclusive interview with Holt from UNCW Baseball Media Day, and the Southern Bureau himself on the 6 o'clock news in Carolina telling us about the draft pick.
Here’s the lowdown on Holt – the 33rd overall pick by the Mets.
He’s a tall right handed pitcher that throws hard. His fastball was clocked in the high 90s - and he is a big strikeout guy. He finished 11-1 this season, an ERA of 3.18.
Whenever UNCW needed a big start – he delivered. In their two biggest games of the season – the Conference Tournament and the NCAA tournament – Holt pitched great. His NCAA Tournament start (vs Elon) was a complete game that saved the bullpen for the rest of the weekend.
Has some control issues – trouble with walks every now and then. But he throws in the high 90s, so I guess that comes with the territory. Also – doesn’t really have a second pitch, but since no one can seem to hit his fastball – he hasn’t needed one.
Here is the interview, which never really gets going, if you ask me.
Here's the report from WECT. (Hopefully these links work - we've never done this type of video before.)
Finally, here's why the Southern Bureau is so valued up north. His take on the draft pick:
I’m SO pumped the Mets took him. It was the exact team I wanted to take him…based only on my duties as Southern Bureau.