Random Athlete Of The Day- Chris Holt
Chris Holt was a less than mediocre starting pitcher for the Houston Astros. Holt at 6-4 205 lbs, was drafted by the Astros in the 3rd round of the 1992 MLB Draft. Holt started off in Low A and went 2-5 with an ERA over 4. In ’93 he was promoted to A and went 11-10, and had 10 complete games and 3 shutouts with a 2.27 ERA (his best year in the minors). Holt was promoted once again and went 10-9 in Jackson. In ’95 Holt was nearing towards the bigs and made it to AAA but had a losing record and a 3.58 ERA. In ’96 he proved he had the makeup to be in the rotation and was a September call-up.
In 1997 Holt pitched over 200 innings, but gave up 211 hits and only had 95 strikeouts. His final numbers were 8-12 with a 3.52 ERA (that’s the lowest ERA he would have in his career). His next season in 1999, Holt went 5-13 with a 4.66 ERA. And in 2000 Holt somehow threw over 200 innings for the 2nd time in his career, but went 8-16 with an ERA over 5.
In the words of Coldplay, “Nobody said it was easy”, it’s almost like Chris Martin was singing directly to this struggling pitcher, Chris Holt.
But Chris Holt’s randomness wouldn’t be complete if he wasn’t apart of a random trade! Holt was shipped of with Roger Cedeno and Mitch Meluskey to the Detroit Tigers for Brad Ausmus, Doug Brocail and Nelson Cruz (the pitcher). Holt pitched one season for the Tigers and went 7-9 with a 5.77 ERA. And after he retired from the MLB he pitched in Japan for the Yokohama BayStars.
Holt’s final totals were 28 wins, 51 losses, 736.2 IP, 4.76 ERA, and net gain of $3,304,000