I could never pinpoint what started the downfall at the beginning of the season because the spring training went great, we kind of agreed on it being a ‘mental year.’ And so when I got down there [for the instructional league], nobody was trying to change my delivery or anything, trying to figure out what was wrong. They told me just to go back to whatever was comfortable for me.
I was filling up the strike zone in my bullpens. Everything just kind of cleaned up on its own. The first batter I was a little shaky, but after that I settled down nice. I think that was the reason they eventually sent me out to Arizona. It was all mental. It was really for a week and a half after the end of the [regular] season being able to go home and being around friends and family. It cleared my head. That was a huge factor in me loosening up and relaxing.”
Metsblog.com recently made mention of a Q & A Matt Eddy of Baseball America did with Joe DeMayo of St. Lucie to Flushing. Eddy was responsible for compiling the list of New York’s top 10 prospects for Baseball America this season, taking over for Adam Rubin who had performed the task in previous years. In the Q & A (which you can read in full by clicking HERE ) Eddy justified his inclusion of Holt by saying:
Three sources whom I trust advocated for Holt. … “I actually really like this guy even though he’s performed poorly,” one said. “He’ll be fine, ” another assured me, adding, “The stuff is there, but mentally he didn’t always show up.”
Holt, who was selected in the first round of the 2008 amateur draft (33rd overall), was 3-14 with a 8.34 ERA with 79 walks and 87 strikeouts in 24 appearances (23 starts) in 2010 between class A St. Lucie and Double A Binghamton. As Rubin points out Holt showed signs of a turnaround at the organization’s subsequent fall instructional league in Fort Myers, Fla. “He then continued that progress in the Arizona Fall League, going 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 12 1/3 innings over five appearances before being shut down with a mild elbow issue.”