By Laura Amato
Quentin Holmes made history Monday night.
The Monsignor McClancy senior baseball standout was selected by the Cleveland Indians with the 64th overall pick, making him the highest drafted New York City player in more than two decades.
The 17-year-old outfielder was touted by scouts as the speediest player in this year’s draft class, with a max-80 speed, and MLB Pipeline listed him as the 33rd best prospect in the 2017 MLB Draft.
It is Holmes’ speed, which plays a big part in his ability as a defender and, more importantly, as a threat on the base paths, that drew interest from several MLB teams.
Holmes, who is already committed to going to Mississippi State, was projected to go earlier in the draft, with many thinking they would hear his name in the first round. His school is located in East Elmhurst.
According to reports, Holmes will likely sign with the Indians and make his pro debut at the rookie level in Arizona later this year.