Clay Holmes Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 5" / 230 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 3/27/1993 (29)
Clay Holmes Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Clay Holmes News
The New York Yankees agreed to a one-year, $3.3 million deal with relief pitcher Clay Holmes on Friday to avoid salary arbitration. Holmes will make an extra $25,000 each for 25, 30, 35 and 40 games finished in 2023. In his first full season with the Yankees, the 29-year-old right-hander picked up a career-high 20 saves -- he didn't have a single save coming into the season -- and also finished with a career-best 2.54 ERA (2.84 FIP), 1.02 WHIP and 65 strikeouts in 63 2/3 relief innings. He dealt with a strained right shoulder late last year, but he should be fine for spring training and is expected to open the 2023 season as the team's primary closer. Holmes isn't elite by any means and will have to continue pitching well to keep the gig, but he should be considered a top-20 fantasy reliever.
New York Yankees relief pitcher Clay Holmes was unavailable for Saturday's Game 3, according to manager Aaron Boone. He mentioned that he didn't want to use Holmes in back-to-back situations. Instead, the Yankees used Wandy Peralta and Clarke Schmidt who combined to blow the two-run lead against the Cleveland Guardians. Now, the Yankees will be fighting off elimination on Sunday night. The expectation is that Holmes is going to be available for this contest.
New York Yankees relief pitcher Clay Holmes (shoulder) is on the team's roster for the American League Division Series this week against the Cleveland Guardians. It's great news for the Yankees bullpen with Scott Effross (elbow) and Aroldis Chapman not on the roster as the team opens up postseason action. Holmes missed the end of the regular season with a right shoulder strain, but he's recovered enough to pitch this week against Cleveland in the five-game series. The 29-year-old right-hander had a fantastic season (2.54 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 20 saves) in his first full year in the Bronx, and he should continue to be one of their best high-leverage arms at the back end of the bullpen against Cleveland.
New York Yankees relief pitcher Clay Holmes began last season as a man possessed as he allowed only one earned run through his first 30 appearances, picking up 11 saves in that span. Through June, Holmes had a WHIP under 0.90, a batting average against under .180, and logged over a strikeout-per-inning as the Yankee closer earned an All-Star game appearance. The wheels fell off in the second half, however, as Holmes pitched to a ghastly 4.31 ERA after the break and was removed from the closer role. The inherent small sample size with relievers always leads to some risk of poor stretches, but his elite skill-based metrics insist Holmes is closer to the pitcher he was at the start of last season. Holmes finished in the 90th percentile or better in xBA, xwOBA, and xSLG, and barrel avoidance. His 42.6% whiff rate on his slider is elite as his sinker/slider mix remains the ideal profile for a high-leverage reliever. Holmes should enter Spring Training as the favorite for saves in New York and offers RP1 upside for a suppressed average draft position in the 160 overall range.