Michael Thomas Holmes
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 200 lb.
- School Wake Forest University
Michael Holmes pitched in the minors for four years, then was a college pitching coach and a scout.
Holmes was 11-7 during his career at Wake Forest, leading the team in ERA as a sophomore and wins as a junior. He was picked by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 23rd round of the 1996 amateur draft and by the Oakland Athletics in the 18th round of the 1997 amateur draft. He split the summer of 1997 between the Southern Oregon Timberjacks (2-0, 2.51 in 7 G) and Visalia Oaks (2-1, 3 Sv, 3.81 in 16 G, 4 BB in 28 1/3 IP). With Visalia for all of 1998, he posted a 9-10, 4.14 record with only 21 walks in 152 innings. He tied Adrian Burnside for 10th in the California League in losses and led in hits allowed (192, 17 more than #2 Eric Knott).
Michael had a similar campaign for Visalia in 1999 at 9-6, 4.88 with 6 saves and only 15 walks in 145 2/3 innings. The control wizard was third in the Cal League with 184 hits allowed and tied Tony Coscia for 4th with 100 runs surrendered. He was 4-0 with a save and a 4.50 ERA for the 2000 Modesto A's to end his playing career. He had gone 26-17 with 10 saves and a 4.38 ERA in 109 minor league games (44 starts), with one shutout. In 394 1/3 innings, he walked 58, allowed 478 hits and struck out 258.
Holmes returned to Wake Forest as pitching coach from 2001-2003. He then became a scout for the A's. He signed Kevin Melillo and Landon Powell. A 2012 Baseball America article had him as one of 10 future scouting director candidates - and the youngest of the bunch.