Conway grad Holmes signs free-agent deal with Braves

Former Conway High standout Colby Holmes signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, less than a week after ending a stellar career at South Carolina.

The 5-foot-11 righthanded pitcher will be heading to the Braves’ training facility at Walt Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex before learning his assignment in the minor-league organization.

Holmes, who was drafted by the Braves in 2009 but instead opted to attend USC, appeared in 19 games with nine starts in 2013, compiling a 5-2 record with a 3.76 ERA despite missing much of the season with injury issues.

Holmes pitched 55.0 innings, struck out 42 batters with 15 walks allowed this season. He earned his last win in relief in a 6-4 win over Liberty in the NCAA Columbia Regional on June 2.

In 2012, Holmes started 16 games and compiled a 7-2 record with a 3.05 ERA in 79.2 innings pitched with just 17 walks allowed while striking out 65 batters, opponents hit just .226 against him.

Holmes also was a part of two national championship teams with the Gamecocks as a freshman and sophomore and helped the Gamecocks to the College World Series title series last season before falling short of a three-peat.

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