Lopez and Holmes Selected on Day 2 of Draft
June 5, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Media Relations (@SIDeacons)
Lopez was taken with the 384th pick by the Washington Nationals, while Holmes was selected with the 399th pick by the Houston Astros.
With Lopez and Holmes being drafted, Wake Forest has had four players drafted in the first 15 rounds of the 2012 draft. Mac Williamson was taken by the San Francisco Giants with the 115th pick in the third round, and Tim Cooney was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 117th pick in the third round.
"Having four players drafted in the first 15 rounds is a great accomplishment for our program and a testament to the talent we have here at Wake Forest," said head coach Tom Walter. "I expect more draft picks to follow tomorrow. This is an exciting time for us all."
With the four Demon Deacons taken in the first 15 rounds, Wake Forest has had the second-most players selected from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Only Florida State has had more so far with six.
"Carlos is as good of a pure hitter as anybody I have ever coached and will step right into professional baseball and be successful from day one," said Walter. "He can play first base, third base and a corner outfield position. I can see him advancing very quickly because of his versatility."
Lopez was second on the team in 2012 with 10 home runs, including a solo shot at the ACC Baseball Championship against Miami. The Boynton Beach, Fla., native ended his career with 40 home runs and started 193 of the 198 games he played in during his four years with the Demon Deacons. His home run total is the ninth most in Wake Forest history.
He capped of his senior season with career-highs of 38 runs, 59 hits, 17 doubles, 36 walks and 51 RBIs. Lopez also handled the defensive switch from third base to first base very well, committing a career-low six errors in 452 chances.
"The past two seasons, Brian has been as good a pitcher as there is in the ACC," said Walter. "He has good stuff, is a bulldog on the mound and believes in himself. Those qualities will take him very far in this game, and the Astros will be lucky to have him."
Holmes had quite possibly the performance of the year for Wake Forest when he pitched a no-hitter against Marshall on March 4. It was the first no-hitter for Wake Forest since 2000, as he struck out a career-best 10 batters.
Holmes put together a team-leading 2.83 ERA in 82.2 innings of work, while striking out 81 batters and holding opponents to a .212 batting average. His 2.91 career ERA over his two seasons at Wake Forest ranks as the ninth lowest in school history. He also put together a 10-7 career record, including a 7-3 record to lead the Deacs in wins this season.
"It was a long, stressful day, but it's just awesome. It's something I've been dreaming about for a long time, so it was really exciting," said Holmes. "I didn't really have any expectations. I was just hoping to go as high as possible, and I ended up getting taken in the 13th by the Astros."
Rounds 16-40 of the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft will begin at 12 p.m. tomorrow with exclusive coverage on MLB.com.