Mets supplemental first round pick Brad Holt has quickly established himself as one of the organization's top pitching prospects. In 43.2 innings with Brooklyn, Holt has struck out 58 batters, second in the New York Penn League. His best pitch is an explosive fastball that sits 93-95 mph and Sunday touched 96. In addition, his hard curveball improves every outing. Scouts who saw him as an amateur this spring, or at the beginning of the New York Penn League season, marvel at his progress.
Brad Holt on the pitch:
Everytime I got out front with it, it was fine and had good break. Sometimes I get ahead of myself and my arm stays behind and that’s when it stays up and doesn’t get the break it needs.
Brad Holt Snaps Off a Good Curveball
Brad Holt Leaves His Curve Up
A Pro Scout on Holt:
He's "good enough to pitch in the big leagues."
----11:35 update: I wanted to translate from scout at the ballpark to something more nuanced. When a scout says that Holt is "good enough to pitch in the big leagues," he's saying two things:
1. He will pitch in the big leagues one day.
2. His stuff (fastball and curveball) at its best could get big league hitters out.
3. However, the scout is not saying Holt would be an effective big league pitcher today. There are multiple reasons for this.
1. His curveball is still inconsistent, as evidenced by the video above.
2. He almost always throws his curve ahead in the count to righties. Big league hitters would pounce on the pattern.
3. He doesn't throw his curve to lefties, nor does he throw his changeup. He's relying solely on his fastball commanded to both sides against lefties.