I took a trip out to see the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes this past Friday to watch Grant Holmes with my own eyes for the first time. The Dodgers drafted Holmes in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Conway High School in Conway, SC.
The stocky right-hander shut down the first six batters he faced before giving up a solo homer leading off the third. Even with the success early on, Holmes looked like he was throwing harder later in the game. The 20-year-old was consistently sitting at 94 mph on his fastball and throws it 92-95, occasionally touching higher velocity.
Holmes' "out pitch" is the curveball that he throws 78-81 mph with good command. A perfect example of this pitch is on the video at the 3:35 mark. Just for good measure while you're there, two pitches later (3:48 mark) Holmes gives up a one-hopper to the right field wall. Joey Curletta takes the bounce perfectly and nails Michael De Leon of the Mavericks (Rangers) at second base.
The video doesn't go with the ball but you can see the play at second base.
Holmes gave up a pair of home runs and four runs overall but showed that he wasn't shaken by any of it. The righty retired eight of the final 11, picking off one and striking out three of the final four batters to face him. This was also the only start this season that he issued no walks.
It's easy to see why the Dodgers liked him so much and he will only get better as he works on commanding all his pitches.