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Rockies purchase Holman's contract

David Holman is the 26th T-Bones player whose contract has been purchased by a major-league organization. (2016 file photo by John Ellis.)
12/15/2016 10:59 AM -

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City T-Bones announced that the Colorado Rockies have purchased the contract of pitcher David Holman.

Holman, an Andale, Kan. native, is a 6-foot-6 and 220-pound right hander, who currently lives in the Kansas City area. He went 4-5 with a 4.36 ERA for the T-Bones in 2016, his first full season since Tommy John surgery kept him out of baseball in 2015. In 23 games (11 starts), Holman gave up 25 earned runs, struck out 25 and walked 12 for Kansas City.

“David is a true pro on and off the field, who worked hard to get this opportunity,” said T-Bones vice-president and general manager Chris Browne. “Our baseball staff and coaches played a part in this, as well. We wish David all the best going forward.”

This will be Holman’s second time in affiliated baseball. He reached high-A High Desert with Seattle in 2014, going 3-1 with a 4.07 ERA. In five professional seasons, four of which were in the Seattle organization, Holman is 18-21 with 12 saves and a 3.80 ERA in 118 games (30 starts). He has 181 career strikeouts and 82 walks. Holman is the son of former Seattle Mariners pitcher Brian Holman and the nephew of former Mariners pitcher Brad Holman.

“I’m very excited for all of our players that get a second opportunity,” said new T-Bones manager Joe Calfapietra. “That’s what makes independent baseball great.”

Holman is the 26th T-Bones player whose contract has been sold to a major-league organization. In October, the Miami Marlins purchased outfielder Dalton Wheat’s contract.