Woodford Co.'s Hollon prepared for pro life

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Clinton Hollon says he hoped following the major league draft he'd have to make a tough decision between college and pro baseball. After being taken in the second round by Toronto, Hollon said the decision was made for him.

"This is what I've wanted to do since I was a little kid and my dreams are coming true," Hollon said on Friday. "I'm ready to make it happen as soon as possible."

Hollon is now an 18 year-old instant millionaire. Taken by the Blue Jays with the 47th pick, the Woodford Co. fireballer will sign a pro contract and pick up a bonus of more than $1.1 million.

"All the money is going to go into the bank and let it work for itself," Hollon said with a smile.

"I like to think that I'm mature for my age, but definitely, it's going to be a whole different world. But I'm ready for it."

Hollon was 9-1 this past season with the Yellowjackets. In the past two years, Hollon was 16-2, with 178 strikeouts and had an earned run average of 0.57. He is a first-team high school All-American and has a fastball that tops out in the mid-90s.

"He brings the fastball at a major league level right now," his high school coach, Jeff Parrett said. "His command is at a big league level right now."

Parrett spent 11 seasons in the big leagues and has worked with Hollon on every aspect of pitching.

"He's a student of the game. He knows the game well," Parrett said. "Hitters in the big leagues are just hitters. A good pitch is a good pitch. I don't care who you throw it against. He throws a lot of good pitches."

Hollon had committed to play at UK. He said he wishes the Wildcats well.

"I committed there pretty early, after my sophomore year. But I'm pretty sure coach (Brad) Bohannon and coach (Gary) Henderson knew that I really wasn't going to go to Kentucky. Well, at least I hoped I didn't anyway," Hollon said.

Hollon is the first Woodford Co. player ever to be drafted. As a junior, Hollon led the Jackets to the school's first state championship. This season, Woodford Co. lost in the region tournament.

Hollon said he will report to Tampa in the coming days.

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