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Holliman Hoping to Build on Momentum

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If there was one lesson Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Mark Holliman learned in 2008 it was how quickly things can snowball. The right-hander, who posted 10 victories and the lowest ERA of any full-season Cubs minor league starting pitcher in 2007, got off to an up and down start at Class AAA Iowa this past season and then things went south in a hurry.

Just a month into the season, Holliman was back at Class AA Tennessee and a few weeks after that he was demoted to the bullpen for the better part of the next two months. After making four starts at Tennessee, Holliman's ERA had skyrocketed to 8.66 – the highest total the 25-year-old right-hander and Cubs third-round pick from Mississippi in the 2005 draft had ever sported in three years with...

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