Phillies Prospect #60: Lincoln Holdzkom

The Phillies took two pitchers in the Rule 5 Draft last December and are going to give both a shot at making the club. Lincoln Holdzkom will be fighting for a spot in the Phillies bullpen.

Acquired: Drafted by the Phillies from Boston in the Rule 5 Draft.

B: T: R  /  Height:  6' 4" /  Weight: 240 lbs /  Birth Date: 3 - 23 - 1982

2007 Team/League: Portland (AA) 30 g / Pawtucket (AAA) 12 g

Games/Games Started in 2007: 42 g / 0 gs

School: Arizona Western

Repertoire: Lincoln Holdzkom throws a two-seam fastball that generally travels around 92 or 93 miles per hour. His cut fastball trails away from right-handed hitters and it's a pitch that scouts term "heavy". It's tough to differentiate between Holdzkom's curve and slider and scouts lump them together and call what Holdzkom throws a slurve, although technically, he throws them a little differently. Both pitches have similar breaks and are in the low-80s.

Pitching Style: The Phillies and other teams have liked Holdzkom's size. He takes advantage of the fact that his pitches are so heavy and works to keep them down in the zone. The result is that Holdzkom has allowed just five home runs in 269 minor league innings and all five came this past season at Double-A Portland. One concern though is that Holdzkom lacks consistent control and has walked an average of 5.2 hitters per nine innings, a rate that is much too high, especially working in a relief role.

Projection: There is some talent in Holdzkom, but he and the Phillies have to figure out a way to harness his talent and get him to consistently throw strikes, then they have a great find in Holdzkom. The Phillies will give him a good, long look this spring and give him every opportunity to make the club rather than risk losing him. The odds of him making the roster are long, but it's not out of the question that Holdzkom will get a shot with the big league club.

ETA: The time is now for Holdzkom. The Phillies have to keep him on the 25 man roster or risk losing him back to the Boston Red Sox or to another team through waivers. It's always possible that they'll be able to work out a deal with the Sox to keep him or that they'll be able to sneak him through waivers, but that's always a hit and miss scenario.

What else you should know about Lincoln Holdzkom: 

  • Holdzkom is no stranger to injuries. He missed part of 2006 with a jammed shoulder and all of 2004 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
  • Originally drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 7th round (212th overall pick) of the 2001 Draft.
  • Was traded to the Chicago Cubs along with Zach McCormack for Todd Wellemeyer in March of 2006.
  • Was selected by the Houston Astros in the 2006 Rule 5 Draft, but was returned to the Cubs in March of 2007, but was released prior to the season.
  • The Red Sox signed him as a minor league free agent prior to the 2007 season.

Lincoln Holdzkom's career stats

Year Team Level W L ERA SV G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB SO
2001 GCL Marlins Rk 1 3 2.49 2 12 7 0 43.1 26 18 12 0 27 43
2002 Kane County A 1 5 2.53 11 30 0 0 32.0 21 11 9 0 29 42
2003 Greensboro A 1 4 2.84 4 43 0 0 57.0 36 24 18 0 27 74
2003 Jupiter A+ 0 2 3.07 2 13 0 0 14.2 9 6 5 0 7 20
2005 GCL Marlins Rk 0 0 2.25 0 3 0 0 4.0 5 3 1 0 1 6
2005 Jupiter A+ 0 1 5.79 1 9 0 0 9.1 7 6 6 0 5 9
2006 Az Cubs Rk 0 0 2.08 0 5 1 0 8.2 11 4 2 0 3 10
2006 Daytona A+ 0 0 0.00 0 2 0 0 5.0 3 0 0 0 2 6
2006 W. Tenn AA 2 3 2.01 0 18 0 0 31.1 25 7 7 0 10 25
2007 Portland AA 4 1 3.47 1 30 0 0 46.2 35 23 18 5 30 41
2007 Pawtucket AAA 1 0 1.59 0 12 0 0 17.0 19 5 3 0 14 13
Minor League Totals - 6 Season(s) 10 19 2.71 21 177 8 0 269.0 197 107 81 5 155 289

Stats courtesy of The Baseball Cube.


 


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