Brad Holt Too Valuable To Be Traded

An article by posted on July 24, 2009

Starting pitcher, Brad Holt continues to shoot up the top prospects lists.

The 2008 supplemental first round draft pick, has impressed scouts with his plus fastball and his other pitches continue to improve. I asked Adam Rubin of the Daily News about him on Tuesday, and he now has him ranked among the top three prospects in the Mets organization.

Last week, Baseball America released their mid season prospect rankings and Brad Holt was the highest ranked Met at number 40 overall.

With the trade deadline fast approaching, John Manuel of Baseball America penned an article about some players he feels should be untouchable, and he included Brad Holt among them.

The Mets’ problems are obvious. It’s probably too late for them to become buyers, and a huge problem with this season’s team is the lack of upper-level minor league talent to fill gaps on the big league roster caused by injuries. Holt, last year’s supplemental first-round pick, looks close to being ready to help a rotation that has given 27 starts to the likes of Livan Hernandez and Tim Redding. The best homegrown arm in system has reached Double-A in his first pro season and is comparable stuff-wise to Mike Pelfrey, only with a better breaking ball.

Just last week, Brad Holt was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. Holt notched two wins going 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 13.2 innings. Eastern League hitters are batting just .216 against him on the season.

It’s a little bit of good news in a week where good news has been pretty scarce.

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