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     May 27, 2022      #71-147 KDJ

BBCHS graduate Holderman makes Major League debut

By Mason Schweizer

Colin Holderman became a name for New York Mets fans to keep an eye on after a breakout spring training in March, and now, the 2014 Bradley-Bourbonnais graduate will get his chance to shine in the Big Apple.

Holderman — a 6-foot-6, hard-throwing, right-handed reliever — had his contract selected by the New York Mets Sunday ahead of their home game against the Seattle Mariners.

It didn’t take long for Holderman to make his Major League debut, as he was tapped by manager Buck Showalter to pitch the ninth inning of Sunday’s game.

He took the rubber with the Mets trailing 8-5, and after a seeing-eye single from Ty France, Holderman quickly recorded his first strikeout when he fanned JP Crawford.

Holderman allowed two singles and fanned one over a scoreless ninth inning. He followed up his punchout of Crawford with a Jesse Winker pop-out, a Julio Rodriguez single and an Eduardo Suarez pop-out.

The Mets rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth and had the bases loaded, just a hit away from giving Holderman a win in his first appearance, but Diego Castillo forced a Pete Alonso groundout to end an 8-7 Mariners win.

In his first spring training with the big league club, Holderman’s 14 strikeouts led the team, throwing five scoreless innings of relief before a three-run appearance in his spring finale left him with a 6.75 earned run average.

Holderman was assigned to Class AAA Syracuse to start the season, where he was 1-0 with three saves and a 2.92 ERA. He made nine appearances, fanning 13 batters in 12 1/3 innings before he was called up Sunday when Mets starter Tylor Megill was placed on the injured list.

A ninth-round pick of the 2016 MLB Draft, Holderman opted to sign with the Mets rather than transfer to Mississippi State University from Heartland Community College in Bloomington.

He worked his way up to Class A Columbia in 2017 before Tommy John surgery put his career on pause until 2019. By 2021, Holderman had worked his way up to Class AA Binghamton, where he posted a 3.26 ERA over 19 1/3 innings in 11 appearances.

That set the stage for his invite to spring training this year, despite the fact he was not on the team’s 40-man roster. To play on the major league club, a player must be on the 40-man roster, which is where Holderman was placed when the Mets selected his contract Sunday.

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