As former Cleveland Indians GM John Hart said during MLB Network's live broadcast of the draft, if Grant Holmes was two inches taller, he would have been a top-five pick.
Listed at 6'2", there's been some debate as to whether he's closer to 6'0" flat, but there's no disputing that he has some of the best present-day stuff of any pitcher in the draft.
Both his fastball, which sits in the low-to-mid-90s, and his power curveball are already plus offerings, with his breaking ball potentially a plus-plus pitch down the road.
ESPN's Chris Crawford made no qualms about calling Holmes the steal of the first round:
And there we go, your steal of the first round. It's tough to call a high school pitcher who is 6-feet tall a fast-track guy, but with two plus-plus pitches and outstanding feel for pitching, I think Holmes can move quickly through the system. He reminds me of an earlier version of Bartolo Colon before he gained all the weight, as a stocky guy with upper-echelon stuff. I think he's got a great chance to be the first prep pitcher to make it to the big leagues, including Brady Aiken.
Holmes isn't yet the complete package, as some of his secondary offerings, including his changeup, need work. But he's fearless in attacking the strike zone and has the makeup and talent to emerge as a front-line starter in a relatively short period of time.
How quickly he arrives, however, could be dictated by what the Dodgers do with some of their pitching prospects (Chris Anderson, Zach Lee and Julio Urias), who are all likely ahead of him on the team's organizational depth chart.