A pair of American Association alumni will appear on Major League Baseball playoff rosters, beginning Tuesday evening.
Pittsburgh RHP John Holdzkom (Sioux City 2013, Amarillo 2013-14) completed his rapid rise through the Pirates’ system after beginning the season in the American Association, making his big-league debut on September 2. The Pasadena, Calif., native was superb in nine outings, giving up two runs on four hits while fanning 14 and walking just two in nine innings of work. Holdzkom also earned a save with a perfect ninth inning on Sept. 5 against the Chicago Cubs.
Detroit RHP Max Scherzer (Fort Worth 2007) had another excellent season with the Tigers, tying for the American League lead with 18 wins and finishing third in the bigs with 252 strikeouts. The 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner had a 3.15 ERA in 33 outings, limiting opposing hitters to a .238 average. Scherzer will start Game 1 for the Tigers against Baltimore on Thursday evening.