The Dodgers signed first-round draft pick Grant Holmes on Tuesday. The pitcher from Conway (South Carolina) High School received less than $2.51 million and more than $2.4 million to sign, well above the $1.98 million slot value for the 22nd overall pick.
Holmes said Monday that his fastball has been clocked between 94 and 96 mph. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder struck out 82 batters in 40 innings as a senior, posting a 4-1 record with a 0.35 ERA while earning Gatorade South Carolina Player of the Year honors.
Holmes’ mother broke the news on Twitter:
— ⚾Cherlyn Holmes (@Cherlyn4414) June 18, 2014
The Dodgers have signed 22 of their 40 draft picks, including six of their top 10 selections.