Holden signs free agent deal with Detroit Tigers


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Connor Holden celebrates with Ross Cadena after securing the final out during WSU’s game against South Dakota State on March 13 inside Eck Stadium.

After wrapping up his collegiate career at Wichita State this past spring, right-handed pitcher Connor Holden signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Detroit Tigers.

Despite only being a Shocker for one year, Holden’s impact on the team was tangible. He led the Shockers with a 2.78 ERA and six saves over the course of 25 appearances out of the bullpen.

In 35.2 innings, Holden only allowed 27 hits from his opponents. Holden held his opponents to a .205 batting average, the best on staff.

In both the fall 2021 and spring 2022, the pitcher was named to the AD Honor Roll. Later, he earned a spot on the AAC All-Academic Team.

Holden started his collegiate baseball career at Murray State, where he made 65 career appearances over the course of four years.

Holden ended his career with the Racers 5-1 with a 4.43 ERA, notching nine saves.

Based in Detroit, the Detroit Tigers are a professional American baseball team. The Tigers compete in Major League Baseball as an American League Central division member.

In response to Wichita State Baseball Twitter announcing the deal, Holden said he was excited to start this new chapter via social media.