Audio: Holliman Talks About Hot Start

Through his first three starts at Double-A Tennessee, right-hander Mark Holliman is atop the Cubs' farm system and the Southern League leaderboards. He's gone 21 innings thus far without allowing an earned run, having held opposing hitters to a .184 average and boasting 16 strikeouts to three walks.

The Cubs nabbed Holliman from Ole Miss with their third-round pick in the 2005 draft. After signing with the Cubs in late August of that year, the 23-year-old would go on to make his professional debut the following spring in the Class Advanced-A Florida State League with Daytona. He made 26 starts and finished with eight wins and a 4.38 ERA, logging 144 innings in 2006.

Earlier this week, Holliman was named the Southern League's Pitcher of the Week for April 16-22. He tossed 15 innings in that span, allowing only one run (unearned) on 10 hits while striking out nine.

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