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Top 100 Countdown: 97. Brian Holmes (Wake Forest)

College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2012 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.

We continue the countdown today with number 97 junior Wake Forest LHP Brian Holmes. He is from Lawrenceville, Georgia and was a two year letterwinner at Mill Creek High School. As a senior, he went  4-1 with a 1.89 ERA and 43 strikeouts while leading the team to the state playoffs both years. 

Holmes spent his freshman season at one of the top junior colleges in the country at Young Harris Junior College. He pitched in 13 games including eight starts. He finished the season with a 4-2 record and an 8.16 ERA while striking out 43 batters in 43 innings pitched.

Holmes transferred over to Wake Forest for the 2011 season where he was inserted into the weekend rotation. He appeared in 15 games (11 starts) serving as the Demon Deacons top starting pitcher by the end of the year. He finished the year with a 3-4 record while having an ERA of 3.00 in 69 innings pitched. He struggled some with his walks with 28 on the year but struck out 68 batters.

He spent the summer of 2011 in the Coastal Plain League with the Thomasville Hi-Tome starting in ten games. He went 5-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 60 innings. He continued to struggle with his control walking 31 hitters while striking out 54 batters. The most impressive stat is that he held hitters to a .166 batting average against.

You can check out the rest of our Top 100 by clicking here.

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