Full name is Clayton Walter Holmes...Attended Slocomb High School (Ala.)…helped lead the baseball team to a runner-up finish in the Class 3A playoffs as a senior in 2011…went 11-5 for Slocomb as a junior while also recording 126 strikeouts…carried a 4.0 grade point average and was Slocomb’s class valedictorian while also being recognized by the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association as its Student Athlete-of-the-Year in 2011....Spent three years playing on Slocomb’s varsity basketball team, where he averaged a double-double in both his junior and senior seasons....Had committed to play baseball at Auburn University before signing with the Pirates. ...as signed by Pirates scout Darren Mazeroski, the son of Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski.
In 62 relief appearances, went 7-4 with 20 saves and a 2.54 ERA (63.2IP, 45H, 21R/18ER, 20BB, 65K, 2HR)… opponents batted .196/.286/.261 (45-for-230, 2HR); LH .250/.355/.337 (23-for-92, 1HR); RH .159/.237/.210 (22- for-138, 1HR)…made his first career All-Star team…led Yankees pitchers in games and led Yankees relievers in innings pitched....Was the 12th player in franchise history (since saves became an official stat in 1969) to record at least 20 saves in a single season, joining Mariano Rivera (16 times: 1997-2011, '13), Dave Righetti (seven: 1984-90), Aroldis Chapman (five: 2016-19, '21), Rich Gossage (five: 1978, '80-83), Sparky Lyle (four: 1972-73, '76-77), Steve Farr, (three: 1991-93), John Wetteland (two: 1995-96), Andrew Miller (2015), David Robertson (2014), Rafael Soriano (2012) and Lindy McDaniel (1970). ...Did not allow a run in 29 of his first 30 appearances from 4/8-6/18, posting a 0.28 ERA (32.0IP, 1ER) in that span…was the second-lowest ERA among Major League relievers during that stretch (min. 20.0IP), trailing only Tampa Bay's J.P. Feyereisen (0.00 ERA - 24.1IP)…according to Elias, it was the second-lowest ERA by a Yankees pitcher through their first 30 games of a season (since earned runs became official in the AL in 1913), behind only Dellin Betances (0.27 ERA in 2015)....Did not allow a run in 35 of his first 38 appearances, posting a 0.46 ERA (39.1IP, 2ER) in that span (4/8-7/9)… was the lowest ERA in the Majors among relievers during that span (min. 35.0IP)… according to Elias, was the lowest ERA by a Yankees pitcher through their first 38 games of a season in franchise history (next: Mariano Rivera, 0.89 ERA through 38G in 2005).....Led all pitchers (min. 30.0IP) with a 77.0 groundball percentage (next: Houston’s Framber Valdez - 67.3). ...His 0.28 HR/9.0IP was the fifth-lowest among American League relievers....Recorded at least four outs in four of his saves (1.1IP on 4/16 at Baltimore, 2.0IP on 5/18 at Baltimore, 1.1IP on 5/21 vs. Chicago-AL and 1.2IP on 7/22 at Baltimore), tied for the seventh-most such saves in the Majors… matched the most by a Yankee reliever in a single season since 2013 (also Dellin Betances in 2015 and 2016, Andrew Miller in 2015 and David Robertson in 2014).....fter allowing a run in his season debut on Opening Day (0.2IP, 3H, 1ER), did not allow a run in his next 29 appearances from 4/9-6/18 (31.1IP)…surpassed Mariano Rivera’s 28-game streak from 7/22-10/22/99 for the longest scoreless streak by a Yankees pitcher in franchise history (in terms of games)....His career-best 31.1 scoreless inning streak from 4/9-6/18 was the longest scoreless streak in the American League and second-longest in the Majors in 2022 (Zac Gallen - 44.1IP from 8/8-9/11)…according to Elias, his streak was tied with Ryne Duren (31.1IP in 1959) for the third-longest single-season scoreless inning streak by a Yankees pitcher in the last 73 years (since 1950), trailing only Jack Aker (33.0IP in 1969) and Allie Reynolds (31.2IP in 1951)…retired 91-of-112 batters faced with 33K (15H, 3BB, 3HP) and a .142 opponents' BA (15-for-106) over the streak.....Tossed 27 scoreless appearances of at least 1.0IP within the Yankees' first 73 games (4/8-6/26), becoming just the fourth Yankees pitcher (fifth time) in franchise history to record 27 such appearances within Yankees’ first 73 games of a season (also Mariano Rivera - 33G in 2004 and 29G in 2008; Aroldis Chapman - 29G in 2018; Tom Gordon - 27G in 2004).....Recorded a career-high-tying four-game winning streak from 4/12-5/9 (also 4G from 7/17-9/3/21)...Converted each of his first 11 save opportunities from 4/16-6/15…was the fifth Yankee (seventh time) to convert each of his first 11 save opportunities of a season (since saves became an official stat in 1969), joining Mariano Rivera (first 28 in 2008, first 18 in 2013, first 12 in 2004), Andrew Miller (first 24 in 2015), Lee Guetterman (first 13 in 1989) and Aroldis Chapman (first 11 in 2021)…was one of two pitchers in the Majors in 2022 to convert each of his first 11 save opportunities, joining Josh Hader (first 18). ...Allowed just 1R over his first 19 road appearances from 4/16-7/27, becoming just the sixth Yankees reliever (10th time) to allow a total of just 1R-or-fewer over his first 19 road appearances of a season, joining Mariano Rivera (five times: 2002, ‘04-05, ‘08 and ‘10), Dellin Betances (2015), Rafael Soriano (2012), Boone Logan (2012) and David Robertson (2011)....Recorded his first career save on 4/16 at Baltimore after retiring all 4BF (1.1IP, 1K)…with LHP JP Sears also recording his first career win, it marked the fourth time since 1969 (when saves became an official stat) that the Yankees had pitchers record their first career win and save in the same game: Shane Greene (win) and Dellin Betances (save) on 7/7/14 at Cleveland; Vidal Nuño (win) and Adam Warren (save) in Game 2 on 5/13/13 at Cleveland; Al Closter (win) and Fritz Peterson (save) in Game 2 on 7/25/71 at Milwaukee (credit: Elias)....Did not walk a batter in 17 consecutive appearances from 4/20-5/27, the longest streak by a Yankees pitcher since Boone Logan’s 17-game streak from 4/16-5/27/13…faced 69 consecutive batters without allowing a walk from the seventh inning on 4/19 at Detroit to the ninth inning on 6/2-G2 vs. Los Angeles-AL.....Earned his second save of the season and of his career after retiring all 3BF in the ninth on 4/27 vs. Baltimore, (1.0IP, 2K).....Was named the AL “Reliever of the Month” for May after going 3-0 with four saves over 12 scoreless appearances (14.0IP, 8H, 0BB, 15K)…his 14.0IP were the most among AL relievers that did not allow a run during May…his 15K were the most among AL relievers that did not allow a walk…was the first Yankees reliever to win the award since Aroldis Chapman (August 2019) and Tommy Kahnle (July 2019) won the award in back-to-back months in 2019.....Earned the win in back-to-back appearances from 5/8-9 vs. Texas....Earned his fourth win of the season on 5/9 vs. Texas…was the Yankees’ 28th game of the season, becoming just the fifth Yankees reliever in franchise history and the first in the last 22 seasons to record four wins in the club’s first 28 games of a season, joining Jeff Nelson (5 wins in 2000), Bob Grim (4 wins in 1957), Johnny Murphy (4 wins in 1943) and Bob Shawkey (4 wins in 1919).....Recorded 14 saves from 5/18-7/7, tied with Houston's Ryan Pressly for the most in the Majors during that span. ....Earned the save and set a season high with 2.0 innings on 5/18 at Baltimore (1H, 1K)…was his longest relief outing since 9/16/21 at Baltimore (also 2.0IP)...Earned a save in five consecutive appearances from 5/25-6/9, the longest streak by a Yankee since Aroldis Chapman recorded a save in six consecutive appearances from 7/24-8/5/21.....Tossed a scoreless ninth to earn the save in Game 2 on 6/2 vs. Los Angeles-AL (1.0IP, 1BB, 1K, 2HP)…walked Shohei Ohtani with two outs, snapping his 17-game streak without allowing a walk…hit two consecutive batters with a pitch after recording only 2HP over his previous 80 appearances from 5/3/21-5/27/22.....Recorded his 10th save of the season on 6/14 vs. Tampa Bay (1.0IP, 1H, 2K). ....Allowed an RBI single to Manuel Margot in the eighth inning on 6/20 at Tampa Bay, snapping his career-high 31.1 scoreless inning streak…marked his first run allowed since Opening Day....Recorded his first loss of the year on 7/12 vs. Cincinnati after allowing a season-high 4ER without recording an out (2H, 1BB, 2HP)…marked his most runs in a game since 7/20/21 at Arizona with Pittsburgh (also 4R/ER).....Struck out Xander Bogaerts swinging in the 10th inning on 7/15 vs. Boston to record his 200th career strikeout.....Was named to his first career All-Star Game…was selected via the player ballot…did not allow a run in 0.2IP, retiring two of 3BF (1H)....Took the loss in back-to-back games on 7/31 vs. Kansas City (0.2IP, 1H, 3ER, 1BB, 1HR, 1HP) and 8/5 at St. Louis (1.0IP, 2H, 2ER, 1BB, 2K)…marked the first time in his career he recorded the loss in consecutive outings.....more in consecutive outings since 9/7-11/21 (3R/2ER in 3G)…marked the first time he allowed an earned run in consecutive outings since 7/10(G2)-17/21 (2G) and the first time he allowed an earned run in three straight games since 6/11-14/21 (also 3G)....After converting 17 of his first 19 save opportunities, blew three straight save opportunities from 7/31-8/12...Was placed on the 15-day injured list on 8/17 (retroactive to 8/14) with left lower back spasm…missed 14 team games…was reinstated on 8/29....In his final 13 appearances from 8/29-9/26, was 3-for-3 in save opportunities with a 2-1 record and a 3.07 ERA (14.2IP, 5ER)…had posted a 10.24 ERA (9.2IP, 11ER) in his previous 11 appearances from 7/12-8/12, going 1-for-4 in save opportunities.....Earned his 20th save of the year on 9/14 at Boston, becoming the 12th pitcher in franchise history to reach 20 saves in a single season (since saves became an official stat in 1969)....Did not appear in the Yankees' final nine games of the season due to a right shoulder strain.....Made five scoreless relief appearances for the Yankees in the postseason (6.0IP, 2H, 2BB, 7K, 1HP)…pitched in four of the Yankees' five ALDS games, tossing 3.1 scoreless innings (2BB, 5K, 1HP)…also tossed 2.2 scoreless innings of relief in ALCS Game 4 vs. Houston.
Combined with the Pirates and Yankees to go 8-4with a 3.60 ERA (70.0IP, 53H, 32R/28ER, 29BB, 78K, 5HR) in 69 relief appearances…opponents batted .206 (53-for-257, 5HR); LH .272 (22-for-81, 3HR); RH .176 (31-for-176, 2HR)...Went 5-2 with a 1.61 ERA (28.0IP, 18H, 8R/5ER, 4BB, 34K, 2HR) in 25 relief appearances with the Yankees…his 1.61 ERA was the ninth-lowest among AL pitchers (min. 20G) since he made his Yankees debut on 7/29...Held right-handed batters to a .176/.249/.222 (31-for-176) slash line…his .176 opponent’s BA vs. right-handed batters was the seventh-lowest in the Majors (min. 180 batters faced)...According to FanGraphs, was second among all Major League pitchers with a 68.7 groundball percentage, trailing only Houston’s Framber Valdez’s 70.3 groundball percentage (min. 60.0IP)....Did not allow a run in 50 of 69 appearances, including 18 of 25 with the Yankees…was scoreless in 11 of his 13 outings of at least 1.1 innings...Began the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, going 3-2 with a 4.93 ERA (42.0IP, 35H, 24R/23ER, 25BB, 44K, 3HR) in 4...relief appearances....Made his season debut on Opening Day at Chicago-NL, tossing a scoreless fifth inning (1.0IP, 1K)....Recorded his first win of the season on 4/25 at Minnesota, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings (1BB, 1K)…marked his first win since 7/2/19 vs. Chicago-NL...Tossed 2.0 scoreless innings and collected a season-high-tying 4K on 4/28 vs. Kansas City (2.0IP, 2H, 4K)...Posted a career-high 13.0 scoreless inning streak from 5/3-6/9 (13.0IP, 11H, 5BB, 11K)...Struck out Javier Báez swinging in the ninth on 5/26 vs. Chicago-NL to record his 100th career strikeout....Surrendered just 1BB to his 93BF in 23 games from 7/23-9/26....Allowed just 4BB over his final 27 appearances from 7/23-10/3 (29.2IP, 108BF)…his 0.74 WHIP was the fifth-lowest and his 1.21 BB/9 ratio was the ninth-lowest in the Majors over that span (min. 25.0IP)...Was acquired by the Yankees from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for INF Diego Castillo and INF Hoy Park on 7/26...Recorded at least 1K in 21 of his 25 appearances with the Yankees....His five wins from his Yankees debut on 7/29 to the end of the season were the third-most on the team, trailing only Gerrit Cole (6) and Chad Green (6)...In his Yankees debut on 7/29 at Tampa Bay, tossed a perfect eighth inning in relief (1K)...Was placed on the COVID-19 injured list on 8/11…missed 11 team games…was reinstated on 8/23...Struck out all four batters he faced in relief on 9/4 vs. Baltimore (1.1IP), tying his season high (also 4K on 4/28 vs. Kansas City with Pittsburgh) and matching the second-highest total in a single game in his career, trailing only his 6K on 7/14/18 vs. Milwaukee with Pittsburgh…entered the game with the bases loaded and two out in the fifth, stranding all three runners...Blew the save in the ninth on 9/16 at Baltimore after the game-tying run scored on a passed ball (2.0IP, 1H, 1R/0ER, 2K, 1WP)…marked his fourth appearance of at least 2.0 innings in 2021 and first since 5/16 vs. San Francisco with Pittsburgh...Earned his eighth win of the season after tossing a scoreless 10th inning on 9/13 vs. Minnesota (1.0IP, 1K)...Made his postseason debut in the AL Wild Card Game at Boston, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings of relief (1H, 1K)…entered with two men on and no outs in the third and did not allow an inherited runner to score.
Suffered a fractured right fibula in a spring training game on 2/29 (hit on the leg by a comebacker off the bat of Nelson Cruz)…Was a member of the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career...Made his lone appearance on Opening Day (7/24) and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings at St. Louis...Was placed on the 10-day injured list on 7/28 (retro to 7/25) with a right elbow sprain...Was transferred to the 45-day I.L. on 8/12...Was reinstated on 11/1...Was non-tendered a contract on 12/2...Was signed to a minor league deal on 12/4.
Was used exclusively as a relief pitcher for the first time in his eight-year career...Began season with Triple-A Indianapolis...Recorded his first professional save on 4/27 at Charlotte (2.0ip/0r)…Was recalled on 5/9; gave up three runs (two earned) in 2.0ip at St. Louis in Bucco debut that night...Also pitched 2.0 innings and gave up one run on 5/13 at Arizona before being optioned back to Indianapolis on 5/15 (did not pitch in another Triple-A game)…Was recalled a second time on 5/17 when Trevor Williams went on the injured list...Pitched 3.1 scoreless innings of relief on 5/22 vs. Colorado; also grounded out as a batter...Gave up two runs in 2.2 innings on 5/29 at Cincinnati...Made three straight appearances without allowing a runner between 6/27 and 7/2...Picked up his second career big league win on 7/2 vs. Chicago...Gave up three hits, three walks and a grand slam to Paul Goldschmidt while suffering the loss on 7/22 vs. St. Louis...Was placed on 10-day injured list on 7/24 with right triceps inflammation...Made rehab appearance with Double-A Altoona on 8/5 (2.0ip/3er) and picked up the win in relief vs. Richmond...Also tossed 2.0 scoreless innings in his second rehab game on 8/8 vs. Richmond...Was recalled from rehab and reinstated from the I.L. on 8/11...Pitched a career-high 3.2 innings of relief (64 pitches) on 8/20 vs. Washington...Was placed on the 10-day injured list on 8/21 with left quadriceps discomfort...Was reinstated on 9/1...Did not allow an earned run in his last five games with the Pirates (4.1ip) and posted a 3.93 ERA (18.1ip/8er) in his final 13 big league games, dating back to 8/11...Held right-handed hitters to a .209 (24-for-115) batting average.
Spent majority of season with Triple-A Indianapolis...Ranked third among Pittsburgh minor leaguers in ERA (3.29)...Also had seven separate stints with the Pirates...Was recalled a first time by Pittsburgh on 4/1 to be the 26th man for a doubleheader in Detroit; did not pitch and was optioned back to Indianapolis following the game...Was recalled again on 4/2 to replace Joe Musgrove (D.L.) on the active roster...Made his Major League debut on 4/6 vs. Cincinnati; gave up one run in 2.0 innings of relief and struck out in his first big league at bat...Was optioned to Indy on 4/13...Was credited with his lone complete game in a rain-shortened outing (5.0ip) on 5/6 vs. Gwinnett... Went 4-0 with a 0.71 ERA (25.1ip/2er) in four Triple-A starts during the month of June; his ERA in June was the lowest among all Triple-A pitchers...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 6/24 and pitched 2.0 scoreless innings that day vs. Arizona...Made his first Major League start on 7/4 at Los Angeles - just the third Pittsburgh pitcher since 1913 to make his first big league start on Independence Day (also Harry Fisher at Cincinnati in 1952 and Bruce Kison at Chicago in 1971)...Surrendered five hits, three walks and four runs in 2.1ip and suffered first big league loss on 7/4...Was optioned to High-A Bradenton on 7/6 since Indianapolis was on the All-Star break...Allowed one run on four hits, with no walks and eight strikeouts in 6.0ip on 7/9 vs. Lakeland...Was transferred back to Indianapolis on 7/10...Was recalled as the 26th man for the doubleheader on 7/14 vs. Milwaukee; started Game Two and recorded his first Major League win (6.0ip/1er)...Was optioned back to Triple-A on 7/15...Was recalled on 8/10 and started that night at San Francisco; gave up eight hits and seven runs in 2.2ip while suffering the loss...Was optioned to Indy on 8/11...Was recalled a sixth time on 8/21...Entered game on 8/24 at Milwaukee with a 6-4 lead in the 15th inning; walked three batters, gave up two hits and surrendered three runs while suffering the walk-off loss...Was optioned to Indianapolis on 8/25...Went 6-0 with a 2.15 ERA (54.1ip/13er) in his final 13 Triple-A games, dating back to 6/2...Posted a 7-3 record and a 3.19 ERA (87.1ip/31er) in his 16 starts with Indianapolis and went 1-0 with a 5.63 ERA (8.0ip/5er) in six relief appearances; made his his last five outings in relief...Was recalled a final time by Pittsburgh on 9/4; had a 4.15 ERA (8.2ip/4er) in four games in September...Started the final game of the season on 9/30 at Cincinnati (4.0ip/3r/2er)...Went 1-2 with a 7.80 ERA (15.0ip/13er) in his four big league starts and 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA (11.1ip/7er) in seven relief appearances... Produced a 1.29 ERA (14.0ip/2er) at PNC Park and a 13.14 ERA (12.1ip/18er) on the road.
Spent entire season with Triple-A Indianapolis... Was tied for first in wins among all pitchers in Pittsburgh's minor league system...Allowed two runs or less in 18 of his 24 starts... Surrendered just one home run in his first 12 starts thru 6/10 and a total of four the entire season...Made his lone relief appearance (second career) on 5/30 vs. Lehigh Valley (1.0ip/0r)...Posted a 3-0 record and a 2.97 ERA (30.1ip/10er) in six appearances during the month of May...Had a 1.89 ERA (19.0ip/4er) and held opposing batters to a .186 average in four starts in July...Finished the regular season winning each of his last three decisions... Surrendered a season-high six runs in his playoff starts on 9/6 at Durham (4.0ip/7h/6r/6er/4bb/3so).
Entered season ranked by MLB.com as Pittsburgh's 15th-best prospect (was ranked 19th by Baseball America) ...Spent entire season with Double-A Altoona and established career highs in innings pitched, strikeouts and wins...Finished tied for fifth among all Pirates minor leaguers in wins and tied for fourth in starts...Also tied for fifth in the Eastern League in wins and fifth in walks; led the league in hit by pitches ...Posted the highest ground ball to at bat ratio (2.94) in all of full season baseball and second-highest in all of baseball behind Anthony Castro of the short-season GCL Tigers West (3.29 ground ball/at bat ratio)...Was charged with six runs in 4.0 innings while suffering the loss in his Double-A debut on 4/8 vs. Harrisburg; also went 0-for-2 with a strikeout in his first career game at the plate...Doubled at Harrisburg on 4/19 for first career hit...Earned first win after allowing one run over 6.0 innings on 4/24 vs. Richmond ...Allowed a season-high seven runs (six earned runs) in loss on 4/30 at Akron...Won seven straight decisions from 5/5 to 7/7...Tossed a career-high 7.0 innings while allowing three runs on three solo homers in win on 5/28 at Bowie...Allowed seven runs in 4.1 innings but came away with a no-decision on 6/11 at Reading...Struck out a season-high tying nine batters over 6.0 scoreless innings in a no-decision on 6/16 vs. New Hampshire...Matched season high with nine strikeouts while tossing 7.0 innings in win on 7/2 vs. Bowie...Won his seventh straight decision on 7/7 at Akron after being charged with two runs in 6.0 innings...Went 5-5 with a 3.03 ERA (74.1ip/25er) in final 14 starts from 6/16 to 9/2...Started Game Two of the Eastern League Division Series on 9/8 vs. Akron and recorded the club's only win of the postseason after allowing one run on four hits in 5.2 innings of work...Went 1-for-20 with a double at the plate.
Went 1-2 with a 2.48 ERA (36.1ip/10er) and 26 strikeouts in nine combined starts between the GCL Pirates and High-A Bradenton...Began season on the disabled list recovering from "Tommy John" surgery from 2014...Began a rehab assignment with the GCL Pirates on 6/23...Tossed 5.0 scoreless innings while earning the win in final rehab appearance with the GCL Pirates on 7/4...Was reinstated from the disabled list on 7/7 and assigned to Bradenton...Tossed 5.0 scoreless innings while coming away with a no-decision in his debut with the Marauders on 7/10 at Daytona...Made final start on 8/15 before being placed on the D.L. on 8/26 with right shoulder tendinitis.
Missed the entire season recovering from "Tommy John" surgery performed on 3/19.
Entered the season ranked as Pittsburgh's 10th-best prospect by Baseball America...Spent entire season with Single-A West Virginia...Went 3-1 with a 3.20 ERA (59.0ip/21er) in the second half of the season after going 2-5 with a 4.95 ERA (60.0ip/33er) in the first half...Earned first win with 5.1 scoreless innings of work on 4/15 at Greenville...Made 11 appearances (10 starts) from 6/12 to 8/10 without being charged with a loss... Worked 5.0 scoreless innings and earned the win in his only career relief appearance on 7/10 at Kannapolis...Struck out a career-high 10 batters on 7/25 at Lexington.
Spent first professional season with State College of the New York-Penn League...Allowed an earned run in just one of his first seven starts while producing a 0.80 ERA (33.2ip/3er)...Gave up three hits over 5.0 scoreless innings while earning the win in his professional debut on 6/22 vs. Mahoning Valley...Allowed four runs (three earned) on 7/2 vs. Batavia before not allowing a run in his next four starts (20.0ip) from 7/8-25...Went 2-1 with a 1.14 ERA (23.2ip/3er) in five starts during the month of July.