By Jason Shetler
According to Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects, the Pirates have released John Holdzkom from the organization.
After struggling in the minors for several years, Holdzkom made a name for himself in the Independent ball circuit during the 2013 and 2014 seasons where he posted a 2.58 ERA along with a 10.5 K/9 in a total of 52 appearances. His impressive work was enough for former Pirates Director of Player Personnel Tyrone Brooks to purchase him from Sioux City in July of 2014.
Holdzkom was assigned to AA Altoona and made his way to AAA Indianapolis shortly after. His long journey of reaching the big leagues came true, as the Pirates placed him on the 40-man roster to be a September call up. Holdzkom appeared in nine games for the Bucs, posting an ERA of 2.00 and earning his first Major League save on September 5th against the Chicago Cubs. He spent all of 2015 with Indianapolis, but had just 21 appearances, dealing with a shoulder issue. Holdzkom entered this year looking to win a spot in the bullpen. He struggled while his fastball was only 90-91 mph. Holdzkom did not the make the club and was reassigned to minor league camp. Hopefully he’ll be able to find good success with another organization.