Conway pitcher named Gatorade South Carolina Baseball Player of the Year

For The Sun NewsMay 28, 2014 

Conway's Grant Holmes pitches in the game with Carolina Forest on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Photo by Janet Blackmon Morgan / jblackmon@thesunnews.com

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Grant Holmes is taking at least one more major high school award with him, wherever that may be.

The Conway senior pitcher was named the Gatorade South Carolina Baseball Player of the Year late Tuesday night, making him a finalist for the national award that will be announced next week.

“I think it’s very fitting for him. He’s put in so much work,” Tigers coach Anthony Carroll said. “It’s good to see him recognized on the state level.”

Holmes was last week named to the Class AAAA All-State team by the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association. He was also offered a spot on the S.C. Select team – the sport’s version of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas – although he turned that down in order to further prepare his next move.

Carroll said Holmes was meeting with and pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday. Several national publications have considered Holmes a lock as a first-round pick in next week’s Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. If that comes to fruition, and Holmes signs a contract, he will be forgoing a full scholarship to the University of Florida, a commitment he made in November when he inked his National Letter of Intent with the Gators.

Even with all that going on – upward of 30-40 scouts attended every game he pitched this season – Holmes still produced.

He finished the year 4-1 with a 0.35 ERA. In 40 innings on the mound, he had 82 strikeouts, more than four times the amount of hits he gave up all season (17).

“Coming in, he did have a lot of hype,” Carroll said. “We knew it was going to be an eventful spring for us. It really was, even more than anyone imagined. But it wasn’t a big deal for him. He went out there and took care of business like he has since eighth grade.”

Reach IAN GUERIN at ian@ianguerin.com.

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