Injured on Opening Day and required Tommy John surgery…allowed just one hit and one walk in 4.2 innings against Xavier (2/16), striking out six…drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth round of the MLB Draft and signed with the club in mid-June.
Started a team-high 18 games and earned a 2.34 ERA, the best among Seminole starting pitchers and the third-lowest amongst ACC pitchers…had 144 strikeouts in 119.1 innings, second-most in the ACC and sixth-most in FSU history…won a team-high 10 games in the 2017 season and pitched six games with double-digit strikeouts (the first Seminole to do that since Jonathan Johnson in 1995)…appeared in 33 games at the plate and ended the season with a .244 average and nine RBI with two home runs against Pacific and Wake Forest…made his first start of the season on February 19 in which he allowed one earned run through six innings, while striking out eight and leading Florida State to a 11-3 victory…earned his first ACC Pitcher of the Week accolades with his performance on February 25 against Samford in which he set a career-high 11 strikeouts through his seven shutout innings…became the first pitcher to earn ACC Pitcher of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks since 2014 when he was awarded the title after his March 4 start against Oakland when he threw a new personal record 13-strikeout, no walk six-inning shutout gem to beat the Golden Grizzlies 12-1…was given his third ACC Pitcher of the Week award with his seven inning no-hit performance on April 1 in which he struck out eight Tar Heels and walked just one before the Seminoles ultimately lost the no-hitter in the ninth…became the first Seminole to ever win at least four ACC Pitcher of the Week honors in one season after his complete game shutout against Wake Forest on May 13 when he allowed just four hits and no walks while striking out 10 and earning his first career nine inning outing…overcame No. 2 ranked Louisville on May 19 with his eight innings pitched in which he surrendered just one run and struck out 11, giving him his fifth ACC Pitcher of the Week award and matching Mike Rogers (NC State) as the only players in league history to win the award five times in one season…was named to the All-ACC first team on May 23 as the first FSU starting pitcher to do so since Luke Weaver in 2014…shut down the Louisville offense again on May 26 in the ACC Tournament when he hurled another eight innings and gave up just one earned run while striking out 10 Cardinals and allowing Florida State to advance to the semifinals of the ACC Championship…was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team after his stellar outing against the No. 1 seed Cardinals…matched his career-high 13 strikeouts in his second complete game of the season on June 3 against UCF in the Tallahassee Regional elimination game in which he allowed just one unearned run…consensus All-American…selected in the 35th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins…was named to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and he made four starts and earned a 2-0 record with a 0.69 ERA.
Proved to be a multi-faceted player both at the plate and on the mound…recorded 28 at-bats on the season and appeared in 18 games as a pitcher, starting 10 of them…as a pitcher, he led the team in strikeouts (84)…in his 32 games as a hitter, he earned an on-base percentage of .389…ended the season 3-4 as a pitcher with a 2.79 ERA, the lowest of all starting pitchers…earned the first save of his college career when he pitched four shutout innings against Rhode Island on February 20…on May 28, he pitched a career-high seven innings against Miami, while only giving up two runs and striking out a season-high nine batters in an FSU walk-off win, sending the Seminoles into the ACC Championship Game…one of five players to hit a home run in the June 5 18-6 win over South Alabama in the Tallahassee Regional…named a Freshman All-American by Baseball America…played summer ball for the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod League, where he struck out 14 batters over 13 innings and went 3-for-19 with four walks at the plate.
Graduated from Lincoln High School in Tallahassee…capped off his senior season with a .338 batting average, 37 RBI and 10 home runs…tossed 47.1 innings, tallied 64 strikeouts, surrendered 26 hits while posting a 6-2 record with a 0.74 ERA…earned Big Bend Player of the Year honors following a solid 2015 season…was Most Valuable Pitcher of WWBA Perfect Game World Series in Jupiter.
Son of Debbie and Kelley Holton…graduated Lincoln High School with a 4.1 GPA…has one sibling, Nicole, who played volleyball at Gulf Coast Community College and Montevallo University…earned his degree in sport management in summer 2021…born on June 13, 1996.