Player to Watch: Brad Holt

ed feverCorrespondent IJune 1, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 13:  Fans watch as the San Diego Padres play against the New York Mets during opening day at Citi Field on April 13, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced Shea stadium as the Mets home field.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Mets selected right-handed pitcher Brad Holt in the 2008 supplemental first round.

Holt is a 23-year-old, right-handed pitcher, who has been putting up some incredible numbers in the minor leagues.
He has a very good fastball, but his secondary pitches are a work in progress. In the lower levels, his fastball has been enough to give him some very high strikeout totals.
Holt is in high A ball, in Port St. Lucie where he has a record of 4-1, with an ERA of 3.05 and 50 strikeouts in 41 innings, while only walking 10. He's a long way from CitiField but he's a player to keep an eye on.
High Class A St. Lucie RHP Brad Holt (Mets) hasn't stopped mowing down FSL hitters yet. The 2008 supplemental first-round pick recorded a season-high 10 strikeouts in six innings while allowing just four hits and one run against Sarasota (Reds) on the way to his third win of the year. After overpowering the New York-Penn League with a mid-90s fastball last year, the heater is also proving too much for his FSL competition this year, as Holt now boasts an excellent 11.2 strikeouts-per-nine rate. Source Baseball America