In a recent chat for Baseball America, John Manuel had the following to sayabout Mets RHP Brad Holt:
“My single favorite pick of the draft, I think, is Brad Holt. I’m way intrigued by the reports we’ve got, both from within the Mets and outside, of his improved breaking ball, that he flashes a plus, power breaker. He sounds like he might be Mike Pelfrey with a bit less downhill or sink, a better breaking ball and considerably less hype. I bet he makes their draft.”
In eight starts for Single-A Brooklyn this season, the 22–year-old Holt was 5–3 with a 1.87 ERA, while striking out 96 batters in 72 innings, during which opponents hit .171 against him – left-handed batters hit just .115.