LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers today selected Conway High School (SC) right-handed pitcher Grant Holmes with their first pick (22nd overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder struck out 82 batters in only 40.0 innings this season, while posting a 4-1 record with a 0.35 ERA on his way to Gatorade's South Carolina Player of the Year honors at Conway High School (SC). At the plate this season, the 18-year-old batted .305 with a .494 on-base percentage.
"We feel fortunate to have gotten a player of Grant's magnitude at pick 22," said Dodger Vice President, Amateur Scouting Logan White. "He's a mature, young and strong-bodied pitcher who throws hard and has a great breaking ball, but what separates him is he is a fierce competitor."
Holmes, whose brother, Colby, signed as a non-drafted free agent with Atlanta last June, was rated as the 16th-best prospect by Baseball America.
The Dodgers have selected a pitcher with their top pick in the draft 11 of the last 12 years, and their next selection in the second round is the 62nd overall.