DURHAM, NC- The contract of Amarillo Sox RHP John Holdzkom (pictured) has been sold to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Holdzkom will be assigned to the Altoona Curve in the Class AA Eastern League. The Curve are in the midst of a road series at the Portland Sea Dogs, the AA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
Holdzkom has maintained a mere 1.17 ERA in nine appearances out of the bullpen for Amarillo in 2014. In seven and 2/3 innings pitched, Holdzkom struck out seven opposing hitters and only walked two. The resident of Rancho Cucamonga, California has allowed only one run and six hits.
The best outing of the season for Holdzkom was on June 10, when he struck out three of the four hitters he faced in an inning of work in an 8-5 loss against the Laredo Lemurs. He last worked on June 19, inducing a groundout from the only hitter he faced in a 4-3 loss to the Sioux Falls Canaries.
Holdzkom was a fourth round pick of the New York Mets in the 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He played four seasons (2006-2008 and 2010) in the Mets system, splitting time between the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets and Kingsport Mets, as well as the Class A Savannah Sand Gnats. In 2008, he struck out 100 batters between Kingsport and Savannah.
After not appearing in 2011, Holdzkom spent 2012 with the Cinicinnati Reds’ Class A Advanced affiliate, the Bakersfield Blaze of the California League. In 2013, he began his independent career, playing with the Sox and the Sioux City Explorers. He posted a combined 2.89 ERA in 2013 with 36 strikeouts in 43 and 2/3 innings.
Holdzkom becomes the second Sox player sold this season, joining OF Joe Weik, who was sold to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.