John Holdzkom is making the most of his first opportunity above High-A this season. Much of the success that he has seen this season is due to a lively fastball and some new-found control.

After beginning the season with Amarillo in the Independent Leagues, Holdzkom arrived with a bang with the Pirates organization, signing as a minor league free agent at the end of June. In six innings with Altoona, he allowed just one hit and he struck out ten, while walking two before earning a promotion. In a pair of appearances with Indianapolis, Holdzkom has not seen any drop off. He has worked four innings, striking out three and allowing just one walk and a hit.

“It feels good,” Holdzkom said. “I am not trying to change too much physically or mentally. I am just trying to go out there and hit...

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