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2016 Mets draft profile: RHP Colin Holderman

With their tenth selection in the 2016 draft (Round 9, Pick 280), the Mets selected Colin Holderman, a right-handed pitcher from Illinois.

Name: Colin Holderman
Born: Bourbonnais, Illinois
Age: 20 (10/8/95)
Height/Weight: 6'5"/220 lbs
Position: RHP
Bats/Throws: R/R
School: Heartland Community College (Normal, Illinois)

Holderman attended Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School, where he was named high school pitcher of the year for 2014 by the local Daily Journal thanks to a 1.04 ERA with 72 strikeouts on the mound, a .500 batting average with six home runs at the plate, and a long resume of community outreach and volunteering in the community. In addition to his prowess on the baseball diamond, Holderman was a stand-out on the gridiron.

He committed to Southern Illinois University and attended the school, posting a 7.68 ERA in 38.2 innings for the Salukis. He transferred to Heartland Community College as a sophomore and had much more success against Division II competition. In 2016, with the HCC Hawks, Holderman went 8-1 with a 1.57 ERA in 12 starts, striking out 92 and walking 23 in 74.1 innings. In addition, he hit .489/.565/.843 in 178 at-bats, slugging 13 home runs and stealing 15 bases in 18 attempts. During the season, he signed a letter of intent to transfer to Mississippi State University, a commitment that the right-hander needed to be bought out of.

At 6'5", 220 pounds, Colin Holderman has a solid frame. He throws from a high 3/4 arm slot, utilizing a leg kick reminiscent of Bronson Arroyo's, stiffly lifting his left leg up to his belt. In the stretch, he forgoes the exaggerated leg kick.

The right-hander throws three pitches: a fastball, a slider, and a changeup. His fastball generally has been graded as an average pitch, sitting in the low 90s, topping out as high as 97 MPH. Thanks to his height and the arm angle from which the pitch is thrown, Holderman gets good run and sink on it. Both his slider and changeup are in development, but he has a good feel for both, flashing average or better with both on occasion.