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Tremayne Holland drafted by Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
By Taylor Hereford
Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON – Tremayne Holland, a junior right-handed pitcher for the Brewton-Parker College baseball team last season, was drafted June 8 by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (LAA) in Major League Baseball’s First Year Player Draft.
| Former Barons pitcher, Tremayne Holland, a junior from Claxton, puts all his energy into his pitching against Reinhardt College March 30 on Baron Field. (Photo by Ashley Byrd)
Holland, a 20th round selection, flew to Tempe, Ariz. June 14 to participate in the team’s mini-camp. He was scheduled to report to Orem, Utah June 16 and join the Orem Owls, the rookie league team in the Angels’ farm system. The Owls’ season began June 19 and runs through Sept. 7. In all, approximately 95 games will be played during the rookie league season.
“This is a dream come true for me,” he said. “I started playing T-ball and worked my way up to the college level. I used to think ‘what-if’ about playing in the major leagues and now I have my chance. This proves that if you work hard enough, you can accomplish anything.”
Holland said he learned of his selection when the LAA’s head scout called him at home at approximately 2:30 p.m. June 8 while he was tracking the draft online.
“He told me I had been selected and congratulated me,” Holland said. “After we hung up, I just sat there for a few minutes and stared at the computer screen. I couldn’t believe it. I walked around the house pumping my fist.”
“My parents are elated,” he continued. “They’ve been on this ride with me ever since T-ball. This is a happy occasion for my whole family.”
Hayne Brant, head baseball coach at BPC, is thrilled about Holland’s selection and what the future holds for his former player.
“I’m really excited for Tremayne,” Brant said. “We’re losing a great pitcher, person, and leader on our team, but it’s hard to turn down the chance to play professional baseball. If all our kids had the talent and heart that Tremayne had while he was here, every player on our team would have an excellent shot at playing in the major leagues.”
Before he left on his flight to Tempe, Holland wanted to leave some advice for not only his former teammates at BPC, but to any baseball player who has a dream to one day play major league baseball.
“Always give 110%, no matter the circumstances,” he said, “because you never know who’s watching. You’ll face adversity in your lifetime. The key is when you fall down, be sure to pick yourself up.”