Clay Holmes pitched five shutout innings in his pro debut.

The Pittsburgh Pirates gave Clay Holmes a $1.2 M signing bonus to break his commitment to Auburn last year. The bonus was a record for a ninth round pick, and is tied for the biggest bonus in Pirates' history outside of the third round. The right-handed pitcher signed close to the deadline, which prevented him from making his debut until tonight.

He certainly didn't disappoint. Holmes threw five shutout innings, giving up three hits, one walk, and striking out five.

"I felt pretty comfortable," Holmes said. "I was able to throw three pitches for strikes, I was getting ahead in counts, get some ground balls."

Aside from the strong strikeout to walk ratio, Holmes put up a 7:1 ground out to air out ratio, and was very effi...

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