Video of Dodgers’ draftees Grant Holmes and Alex Verdugo

This is some video shot by Gabe Ortiz (@Webgems24). He was in person last Wednesday for Grant Holmes‘ professional debut for the AZL Dodgers against the AZL Mariners.

He shot video of Holmes and second-round draft pick Alex Verdugo. It’s the first time I’ve seen either one on video since turning pro.

Here’s Holmes striking out the Mariners’ Alex Jackson, the No. 6 overall pick in this year’s draft.

And here’s an excerpt from his scouting report:

“Everything as advertised. Has big time miss bat stuff. You could grade FB 75 right now. Displayed flashes of wipe out slider that works on a different plane with same arm action and could develop into a high grade pitch for him as well. Change up is OK seems like he is not to far away from getting a real good feel for it.”

Yeah, he’s 18 years old. Holmes made his second appearance on Tuesday night: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K.

In two games, this is his line: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K. Yeah, he’s gonna be good.

Here’s Verdugo smacking a double in the same game.

And an excerpt from Ortiz’s scouting report:

“Gap power and aggressive base running should tally up large amount of doubles. With time he will show better plate discipline and power should improve.”

In Verdugo’s first 13 games, he’s walked eight times and struck out just twice. He’s playing center field and hitting for some pop. Not bad for a kid most thought would be a pitcher.


A big thanks to Gabe for these videos and scouting reports. Give him a follow on Twitter, as he tweets a lot about amateur players.

About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.