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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Brad Holman, High Points - 16

Brad Holman started the season at high-A Peninsula as an afterthought. By July, he'd turned team closer, The Newport News Daily Press wrote.

His pitching coach there, Bryan Price, couldn't have been happier for the reliever, The Daily Press wrote.

"He's the high point of the season for me as a coach," Price told The Daily Press of Holman. "He's gone from our 12th man to our closer. That makes me feel real good, mostly for Brad. He's gone from being a filler player to having a chance to make the big leagues."

Holman went on from there to have multiple other high points. In 1993, he had 19 of them, his 19 appearances in the majors for the Mariners. He later turned in some high points as a coach himself, making the majors again with the Rangers.

Holman's career began in 1990, taken by the Royals in the 35th round of the draft out of Auburn University. Holman's brother Brian Holman made the majors over four seasons.

Holman started with the Royals at short-season Eugene. In 17 games, four starts, he went 0-3, with a 4.78 ERA. The Royals released him the next spring.

He soon signed with the Mariners and started his move to the majors. He played at high-A Peninsula and saved 10. He then hit AA Jacksonville in 1992, then AAA Calgary. In July 1993, he made Seattle.

Midway through his 19 games, Holman go hit in the head by a come-backer. He hit the disabled list with a bruised front sinus cavity, according to The Associated Press.

"Although it's scary, it's not going to stop me from pitching," Holman told The AP afterward. "If you're a carpenter and bust your finger, you've got to go to work the next day and hammer the nail."

Holman returned later that month and finished the season with a 1-3 record and a 3.72 ERA.

He played 1994 back at Calgary, then divided 13 appearances in 1995 between the Mariners, Orioles and Rockies systems. He played his final pro ball in 1996 with Amarillo.

Holman started his coaching career by 2002, serving as pitching coach at single-A Wisconsin. He made AA San Antonio in 2006 and AAA. Round Rock as pitching coach in 2014.

He served 2016 and 2017 as Rangers bullpen coach in Texas, before returning to AAA in 2018 as pitching coach at Syracuse. At Syracuse, he worked with hurler Christopher Smith on his curve and his sense of urgency.

"The challenge was what is it that you need to do different to make yourself better?" Holman told The Syracuse Post-Standard in July 2018. "We came to the conclusion that you've got to know where the ball's going when it comes out of your hand. You've got to command the baseball."
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,977
Made the Majors:1,097-36.8%-X
Never Made Majors:1,880-63.2/%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 455
10+ Seasons in the Minors:274

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