RHP Brad Holt was drafted by the Mets in June, with the team's third pick. He was taken in the supplemental ("sandwich") round, between rounds one and two, as compensation for New York losing Tom Glavine to free agency.
With high picks come high expectations, and Holt lived up to just about every one. The 22-year-old from Albemarle, NC took a bite out of the Big Apple during his time in Brooklyn, leading the team -- and the league -- in ERA and strikeouts during a dominant first season in professional baseball.
Holt went 5-3 with a league-best 1.87 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 14 games. In 72.1 innings, he allowed just 43 hits, 18 runs, 15 earned, and 33 walks. In addition to leading the league in Ks, his strikeout total set a new franchise record for the Cyclones, eclipsing the previous mark of 93, set by Kevin Deaton in 2002. Holt finished the season with an eye-popping 10.7 Ks per nine innings pitched, and was named to the New York-Penn League All-Star Team in mid August. He tossed one inning in the All-Star Game, striking out two and walking one (who was erased trying to steal second).