Brooklyn's Holt unhittable
Making debut, righty strikes out six over five no-hit innings
First-round pick Brad Holt did not disappoint Mets fans in his Coney Island debut.
The North Carolina native had never been to New York City before he was drafted by the Mets, but he's quickly warming to the Big Apple.
"I'd never been to Brooklyn before, it's a little different from North Carolina," Holt said. "It's not bad, I like it. It's different, but I like it."
Holt (1-1) tossed five hitless innings for his first professional win and rehabbing Ryan Church went 3-for-3 as the Brooklyn Cyclones beat the visiting Aberdeen IronBirds on Thursday, 4-2.
"I felt good, after the first it was all up and down, I felt fine," Holt said of the stint. "My breaking ball was good, everything was working."
The 33rd overall pick earlier this month, Holt struck out six and walked one in his second career appearance. He faced 17 batters and induced six grounders and three fly balls in his home debut.
"I used a little bit of everything," he said. "Fastballs down, in and out, both sides of the plate. I showed changeups every now and then. I threw a couple breaking balls, but, basically it was the same [as in college]. I just keep attacking with the fastball."
The Albermarle, N.C. native went 11-1 with a 3.18 ERA at UNC-Wilmington before he was scooped up by New York in the first round. The Mets were awarded two compensatory picks when the Braves signed Tom Glavine over the offseason, and Holt was selected after the club drafted current Cyclones teammates Isaac Davis (18th overall) and Reese Havens (22nd overall).
Holt said he was excited to join a team with big prospects, never mind a Major Leaguer.
"It makes it a little bit more exciting," Holt said of playing alongside Church, who was batting .300 with 10 homers and 35 RBIs for the Mets before hitting the DL. "It was cool to have him here. He's a cool guy, I talked to him before the game. He had a great night tonight, and whenever you have have those guys behind you, it makes it easier. Everybody had a great night."
The 21-year-old started strong with a pair of strikeouts in the first. He hit Jacob Julius but got Tyler Kolodny to ground out to second to end the inning.
Holt fanned one in the second, induced three straight grounders in the third, worked around a leadoff walk in the fourth and cruised through the fifth when he struck out Tom Baxter and Paul Chmie before popping up Tom Edwards to end his night. He said he threw about 80 pitches.
Brandon Moore replaced Holt in the sixt,h but immediately lost the no-hitter when Eric Perlozzo, son of former Orioles skipper Sam Perlozzo, hit his second career homer to lead off the frame. Jake Julius and Caleb Joseph had the other hits for the IronBirds.
Holt, meanwhile, was soaking in his first win as a Mets farmhand.
"I'd heard a lot of good things about [the Mets]," he said. "They run everything the way it should be done, so yeah, I was excited to be drafted by them, I've heard nothing but good things."
Holt said he'd been hoping to join the Mets all along.
"I knew a couple clubs had interest in me, but I wasn't getting my hopes up," he said. "I knew the Mets had interest at that pick -- I read stuff online -- but whenever it came to that point [in the Draft], I know there were a lot of quality arms. At first, I didn't think it would happen."
The right-hander's unhittable effort comes four days after he allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings for the loss in his professional debut at Aberdeen on June 21.
Church, on the 15-Day disabled list with a concussion since June 6, went 3-for-3 in his first rehab game. He singled through the left side in the first, lined an RBI double to right and scored in the third and singled in the fifth before leaving for a pinch-runner. The Mets had been hopeful Church would be ready for their weekend series with the Yankees.
Davis made his professional debut and went 1-for-4 with a leadoff double and a run in the second. Havens is on the roster, but has yet to see action with Brooklyn.
The Cyclones (5-5) gave Holt a lead in the second when Josh Satin's single plated Davis for a 1-0 lead. Church lined an RBI double and scored on Eric Campbell's single in the third, and Campbell capped the scored with an RBI single in the fifth.
Aaron Odom (1-1) was reached for four runs on 11 hits over 4 2/3 innings to suffer the loss for the IronBirds (5-5).
Danny Wild is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.