Grant Holmes was an early commit to the University of Florida. The Conway right handed pitcher had a fastball in the low 90s in his junior year, but an aggressive throwing program and hard work has the senior throwing in the mid 90s and has touched 100 on the radar gun on more than one occasion according to Conway baseball coach Anthony Carroll.
That jump in velocity has drawn the attention of nearly every Major League Baseball organization. Holmes threw six shutout innings giving up just one hit and striking out 13 in a 5-0 win over Notre Dame (WV) in the Mingo Bay Classic on Monday. With Conway currently out of the post-season picture, Holmes could have one final start in high school next week against West Florence before getting ready for the June 5th MLB Amateur Draft. Holmes could opt to attend college in Gainesville, Florida, but it's unlikely given his draft outlook.
More than one projection website has Holmes drafted in the top 10, where signing bonuses top the $3 million dollar mark. Nearly every major website that looks ahead to the draft has Holmes going in the first round.
Grant's older brother, Colby, was a pitcher during the Gamecocks back to back national championships and is currently in the Atlanta Braves system. Grant says he enjoys pitching in front of dozens of major league scouts each time he takes the hill. He has developed an outstanding curve ball to go along with his blazing fastball.