Adelaide Bite sign Canberra Cavalry’s John Holdzkom
John Holdzkom has signed with the Adelaide Bite tweets Canberra Times sports writer David Polkinghorne.# John started the Championship game for Canberra last season, giving up six runs in his 4 2/3 innings and, whilst being born in California, also played for NZ in the WBC.
The Mets drafted him in the 4th round in 2006 and signed him to a $210,000 bonus. The hard-throwing RHP, reached as high as Savannah in 2008, walking 45 batters in 47.1 innings. He missed a year with Tommy John surgery and then hooked up with the Reds, for whom he walked 13 in 8.2 innings in the California League. It is said of John that at 6’9″, he never ever learned to throw strikes, or a breaking ball and his Canberra stats would tend to confirm that view. He started 10 games for Canberra finishing with a 4-3 record and a 4.10ERA. His BB/K ratio was 43/48 suggesting that at 26 he is still a work in progress.
In a podcast interview he claimed that he:- 1. blew his signing bonus on sushi, a truck and booze; 2. most importantly “wasn’t as good as he thought he was.”
Hopefully for Adelaide the impressive six foot, nine inches [2.06 metres] pitcher will become as good as he and the Mets originally thought he was.
Click to read David Polkinghornes’ 2012 article on John:- Lofty talent to boost Kiwis and Cavalry