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2011 Prospect Watching: Alvarado, Bankston, Navarro, And Holden

2011 Prospect Watching: Alvarado, Bankston, Navarro, And Holden

Brandon Holden --  R/R,  6' 4",  185 lbThe Pirates chose Holden in the 13th round of the 2006 draft.  He signed late, so didn't make his pro debut until 2007, then spent two seasons in the GCL.  Holden was moved up to State College in 2009, where he pitched entirely in relief, but didn't get in a lot of innings.  in 19 appearances, he totalled only 18 innings, and allowed 9 runs (4.50 ERA) on 17 hits, with 7 walks and just 3 strikeouts.  In 2010, Holden was moved up to West Virginia.  He did not make an appearance until April 30th, but made two good relief appearances with 3.1 scoreless innings to begin his season.  Then he gave up 4 runs in 4 innings over his next 3 outings.  Holden was moved to the starting rotation, where he made 10 starts, which were not particularly encouraging.  He allowed a lot of homers, and he had a 8.10 ERA in those starts.  He went back to the bullpen for one more relief appearance, before going ont...

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