Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Former Phillies pitcher draftee Lincoln Holdzkom killed in car accident

 Lincoln Holdzkom was a pitcher who was drafted in the 2007 Rule 5 draft with the Phillies, he was killed in a car crash in California. He never made it to the big league club with the Phils. He was mentioned in an article the '08 prospects for the Phillies on a Minor League Ball blog.

The 33-year old was still playing professional baseball with the New Zealand team, Lincoln was born in Pasedena, California but his father is a native of New Zealand. Holdzkom was set to be a team captain on the qualifying team in Sydney at a World Baseball Championship qualifier there in February.

Holdzkom is the brother of pitcher John Holdzkom from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Originally drafted by the Marlins in the 7th round of the 2001 Amateur  draft, Lincoln played for a few Major League teams making their 40-man rosters over his career (but never made it to debut in a MLB game) which ended in 2009 for the minor leagues and 2013 on an independent league. He was named a Top 30 prospect on five different occasions by Baseball America.

Holdzkom's 2013 Hyundai Sonata was the only vehicle involved in the crash at 5:15 am Sunday which happened on the 57 Freeway in Diamond Bar, California.

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