Kiwi pitcher joins baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates

Last updated 14:09 27/06/2014
John Holdzkom
Photosport
GOING PLACES: New Zealand Diamondblack pitcher John Holdzkom has been added to the 40-man roster of Major League Baseball franchise, the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Relevant offers

Other Sports

Floyd Mayweather stripped of welterweight title he won in Manny Pacquiao fight New coach Kevin Gettins names first White Sox women's softball squad Women's Black Sticks certainties of qualifying for Rio Olympic Games Major League Baseballers to coach New Zealand Diamondblacks at qualifying event Eddie Dawkins shatters Sir Chris Hoy's track record during Grand Prix of Poland Early celebration ends in embarrassing loss for 10km runner Admirals claim Auckland bragging rights over Swarm Dean Barker signs up Team New Zealand crew for Japan's America's Cup bid Tour de France 'high speed' crash topples 20 riders Chris Froome in charge after crash-marred Tour de France third stage

New Zealand Diamondblack pitcher John Holdzkom has been signed by Major League Baseball franchise, the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Holdzkom has been sold to the Pirates and assigned to the Altoona Curve in the Class AA Eastern League.

The Curve are based in Altoona, Pennsylvania, about 160 kilometres east of Pittsburgh.

American-born with a Kiwi father, Holdzkom pitched for New Zealand at the World Baseball Classic qualifier in Taiwan in November 2012.

He recently achieved 1.17 ERA (earned run average - per appearance over nine innings) in nine appearances out of the bullpen for Independent Professional Baseball side Amarillo Sox this year.

Holdzkom was a fourth-round pick of the New York Mets in the 2006 Major League Baseball first-year player draft, playing four seasons (2006-08 and 2010) in the Mets system, splitting time between the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets and Kingsport Mets, as well as the Class A Savannah Sand Gnats.

Holdzkom joins Baltimore Orioles rookie Pita Rona as the Kiwi flagbearers in the professional game, while a host of young Kiwis are forging careers in independent and college baseball in the United States and Asia.

The 26-year-old is expected to lead the Diamondblacks on the mound in the next World Baseball Classic in early 2016.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content