Colby Holmes is going to Disney. The former South Carolina Gamecocks and Conway High pitcher signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday afternoon. Holmes will report to the Braves camp at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida next week.
Braves Area Scout Billy Best who signed Holmes, says he will begin his pro career in the Gulf Coast League, "I think we got a big leaguer here. We drafted him out of high school (47th round), his stuff grades out as good as anybody. He can really spin the breaking ball, that's probably the exceptional pitch that he has. We're glad that we got him."
Holmes was a South Carolina-North Carolina Select All-Star coming out of Conway High, where he finished his senior season with an 8-3 record under coach Anthony Carroll with a 0.70 ERA.
Holmes was a 21-game winner during his four year career with the Gamecocks. The 5'11" right-hander appeared in 19 games with nine starts his senior season. He compiled a record of 5-2 with a 3.76 ERA in 2013.