Conway’s Holmes drafted in first round by L.A. Dodgers

conbase-holmes2While most high school seniors are going off to college or starting new careers, at least one Conway High graduate’s future already looks pretty secure.

Right-handed pitcher Grant Holmes was drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night as the No. 22 pick overall. He was at the draft in New Jersey to hear his name called.

Holmes stock may have slipped a bit at the last minute (he was projected to go between the 11th and 16th picks, according to most scouting services. But he is by far the highest draft pick ever from the Grand Strand, and stands to become an instant millionaire if and when he signs with the Dodgers.

Holmes, the 2013-14 Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year for South Carolina, has signed to play college ball at the University of Florida, but few first-rounders follow through with their college commitments. With millions of dollars in signing bonuses available, why run the risk of a career-ending injury playing at the collegiate level?

That’s the question the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder will have to weigh in the coming days as negotiations with the Dodgers will likely begin immediately. Teams like to have their draftees ready to start half-season rookie ball in the minors as quickly as possible.

Holmes posted a 4-1 record and an 0.35 ERA while striking out 82 batters in 40 innings of work in his senior season at Conway. He boasts a 3.36 GPA and belongs to the National Honor Society, as well as volunteering his time as a youth baseball coach. He is expected to graduate with his class on Friday night.

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