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Stanley Craig Holmes

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Stan Holmes was an outfielder who is most notable for winning the 1981 College World Series Most Outstanding Player award while a senior at Arizona State University. He is one of five players from Arizona State University to win that award. The others are Sal Bando, John Dolinsek, Bob Horner and Ron Davini.

He played for the Alaska Goldpanners in 1980.

Holmes was drafted by big league teams twice. The first time he was taken was in 1980, in the 19th round by the Seattle Mariners. He opted not to sign. However, when he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the eighth round of the 1981 amateur draft, he did sign. He played professionally until 1989, never reaching the majors. Although he began his professional career as an outfielder, he would also spend a considerable amount of time playing first base and playing third base.

In his first professional season, 1981, he played for the Wisconsin Rapids Twins. In 182 at-bats with them he hit .291 with seven home runs and 38 RBI. He played for the Orlando Twins in 1982, hitting .250 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 80 at-bats.

Playing for the Visalia Oaks in 1983, Holmes had perhaps the best year of his professional career when he hit .302 with 37 home runs and 115 RBI in 500 at-bats. He won the California League MVP Award that season.

He followed up that season with another solid year in 1984, while again playing for Orlando. He hit .280 with 25 home runs and 101 RBI in 507 at-bats. In 1985, he slumped. Playing for both the Orlando Twins and Toledo Mud Hens, he hit a combined .235 with 11 home runs and 46 RBI in 340 at-bats.

In 1986, he again played for Orlando and Toledo, hitting a combined .244 with 15 home runs and 60 RBI in 315 at-bats.

From 1987 to 1989, he played in the California Angels organization. In 1987, he played for the Midland Angels, hitting .309 with 30 home runs and 106 RBI in 517 at-bats. While playing for the Edmonton Trappers in 1988, he slumped and hit only .254 with 14 home runs and 62 RBI in 331 at-bats. He again played for the Trappers in 1989, hitting .158 in 38 at-bats. He finished up his career with the Huntsville Stars, hitting .167 in 48 at-bats.

Overall, Holmes hit .273 with 143 home runs and 545 RBI in 2858 at-bats. He also pitched in ten games, posting a 5.06 ERA.

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