Greg Holland

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Greg Holland
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Holland with the Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals – No. 56
Relief pitcher
Born: (1985-11-20) November 20, 1985 (age 29)
Morganton, North Carolina
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 2, 2010 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 15–10
Earned run average 2.19
Strikeouts 381
Saves 113
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Gregory Scott Holland (born November 20, 1985)[1] is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball.

Early career[edit]

Prior to being drafted by the Royals in the 10th round of the 2007 amateur draft, the 5'10", 180 pound Holland attended McDowell High School in Marion, North Carolina and then Western Carolina University. While at Western Carolina University, he went 10-12 with a 4.34 ERA from 2005-2007. He was signed by scout Steve Connelly.

Professional career[edit]

Kansas City Royals[edit]

Holland began his professional career in 2007, making 22 relief appearances for the Idaho Falls Chukars and going 6-1 with a 3.48 ERA, striking out 37 batters in 3323 innings. In 2008, he pitched for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, going 4-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 32 games (seven starts), fanning 96 batters in 8413 innings. He split 2009 between the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and Omaha Royals, going a combined 4-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 35 relief appearances.

2010 season[edit]

Holland began 2010 with the Omaha Royals, going 3-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 36 relief appearances for them overall. He was promoted to the majors on July 29, 2010 and made 15 relief appearances for the Kansas City Royals, going 0-1 with 23 strikeouts and a 6.75 ERA in 1823 innings.[2]

2011 season[edit]

Holland started out 2011 in Omaha again, but was called up again in May, earning his first major league win in a May 19, 2011 win over the Texas Rangers. He pitched in 46 games for the big league club that season, going 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA. He allowed only 37 hits and struck out 74 batters in 60 innings. At the minor league level, he was 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 13 relief appearances that season.

2012 season[edit]

Holland had a breakout season in 2012, going 7-4 with 16 saves, 91 strikeouts and a 2.96 ERA in 67 relief appearances. He assumed closing duties when Jonathan Broxton, who began the season as the team's closer, was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in July 31. He also pitched in two games at the minor league level that year.

2013 season[edit]

In 2013 Holland sustained his best season in the majors. He became the Royals full-time closer and converted 47 of 50 save Opportunities. On September 26, 2013, Holland set the Royals single season saves record with his 46th save in a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. He surpassed Dan Quisenberry and Jeff Montgomery whom both had 45 save seasons.

2014 season[edit]

Holland had his second straight All-Star year in 2014, converting 46 of 48 save opportunities while compiling a 1.44 ERA. He appeared in eight games in the postseason leading up to the Royals World Series appearance, posting a 1.13 ERA over 8 innings and earning 6 saves. He tied a playoff series record by saving 4 games in the ALCS (matching Dennis Eckersley's record in the 1988 ALCS), the first since John Wetteland in the 1996 World Series. On October 22nd Holland earned the inaugural Mariano Rivera Award for his outstanding performance as a closer. Two days later in Game 3 of the World Series he saved his record-tying 7th game this postseason, whom along with Wetteland, share the record with Robb Nen, Troy Percival, Brad Lidge and Koji Uehara.

Pitching repertoire[edit]

With an overhand delivery, Holland throws a four-seam fastball that regularly in 95-96 mph, topping out at 100 mph. He pairs his fastball with a slider around 86 mph, and a rare splitter around 85-89 mph.[3]

Personal[edit]

He is married to Lacey. Their first child was born on October 1, 2014.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Baseball Cube
  2. ^ http://www.soconsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4000&ATCLID=204971801
  3. ^ "FanGraphs Greg Holland Pitch FX". Fangraphs.com. Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  4. ^ Footer, Alyson (October 9, 2014). "ALCS trio experiencing new joy of fatherhood". MLB.com. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 

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