Many sports publishers released articles about John Holdzkom and his path to the big leagues in 2014. For those of you that don't know Holdzkom was a 4th round pick of the New York Mets in 2006. He's 6ft7 and throws hard. After many minor league seasons he was eventually released and joined the Reds for a season in A ball as a 24 year old. He would be released again and eventually joined several independent leagues before being scouted by the Pirates in 2014. The Pirates signed him to a minor league deal and he tore through AA and AAA hitters striking out 37 batters in 26 innings while allowing only 15 hits sprinkled across those 26 innings. The Pirates rewarded the tall righty with a September callup and he continued to dominate at the major league level as well. He struck out 14 batters in 9 innings of work and surrendered only 4 hits.
The Pirates appear to have struck gold in the tall righty and I felt the need to add a gold rookie card of the Legendary John Holdzkom while the prices were still only .25 delivered. Figured a quarter was a fair price to pay for someone being compared to John Lackey.
If you want to read more about Holdzkom check out the Baseball America article.