Holland with the Texas Rangers
|Texas Rangers – No. 45|
October 9, 1986 |
|April 25, 2009, for the Texas Rangers|
(through October 4, 2015)
|Earned run average||4.28|
Derek Lane Holland (born October 9, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was the no. 2 rated prospect in the organization according to Baseball America, behind Neftalí Feliz, for 2009. He is nicknamed the Dutch Oven.
Holland has the ability to throw a variety of pitches to right-handed hitters and left-handed hitters at different speeds. His primary pitch is a four-seam fastball averaging 94-95 mph. To lefties, he throws the four-seamer, a two-seamer, and a slider (82-85). To righties, he throws a balance of the aforementioned pitches as well as a changeup in the mid 80s and a curveball in the mid-high 70s. Holland relies heavily on his slider with two strikes to both right-handed and left-handed hitters.
Texas Rangers (2009-present)
On April 22, 2009, Holland made his major league debut; pitching 2⅓ innings, allowing 3 hits, no runs, no walks, and striking out 2. On August 9, he pitched his first complete game, a 7–0 shutout against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Anaheim. For the 2009 season, Holland finished the season 8-13 with a 6.12 ERA in 33 games (21 starts).
Holland spent the majority of 2010 in Triple-A Oklahoma City, and was called up only due to injuries to other starters. After winning his first two decisions, he lost his next three. He ended the regular season with a 3–4 record, and 4.08 ERA.
Holland allowed 3 runs in 4.2 innings in the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays. He pitched 5.2 innings in the ALCS with no earned runs, and was crucial in Game 4, earning the victory against the defending champion New York Yankees. He came in in the fourth inning with one out and the bases loaded, and got his team out of a serious jam while also eating away innings to protect his bullpen.
Holland did not have the same success in the World Series against the San Francisco Giants. In game 2, Holland entered with one on and one out in the bottom of the 8th inning, with the Rangers trailing 2-0. Holland walked all three batters he faced without recording an out, and he forced in the runner he inherited via his final walk. Holland's wildness opened the door for what turned into a huge inning for the eventual champion Giants, as all three of the batters he walked came around to score. The Rangers lost the game 9-0. Holland pitched a scoreless relief inning in a game four 4-0 loss, but he and the Rangers lost the series 4-1.
Holland started the 2011 season as a starter for the Rangers, and despite a 4.96 ERA, won four of his five starts in April and May. He lowered his ERA to 4.14 in June, mainly by virtue of his first shutout of the season. He started off July with inconsistency, failing to make it out of the first inning against the Marlins. Over the next five starts, he responded by throwing three more shutouts.
In 2011, he was 16–5 with a 3.95 ERA. He led the AL in shutouts (4; tied for fifth-most in Rangers history), was 3rd in win-loss percentage (.762; the fifth-best in Rangers history), and was 4th in wins.
On October 23, Holland was the winning pitcher in Game 4 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, giving up no runs on two hits, two walks and striking out seven. He was pulled from the game after pitching 8 1⁄3 innings. The Rangers lost the World Series after 7 games.
He signed a contract extension on March 20, 2012 that is worth $28.5 million over five years with a two-year club option with Texas Rangers. Holland finished the regular season with a win-loss record of 12-7 with an ERA of 4.67 as he gave up 32 home runs, fifth highest in Major League Baseball.
In 2013, Holland went 10-9 with a 3.42 ERA in 33 starts.
On January 7, 2014, Holland suffered a knee injury after a fall while playing with his dog at home. MRI testing revealed torn cartilage in his left knee. Holland underwent arthroscopic microfracture surgery to repair the cartilage damage on January 10, 2014. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list and sidelined until the All-Star break.
Holland strained his subscapularis muscle during the Rangers' first home game of the 2015 season, and was placed on the 60-day disabled list on April 10. Holland returned on August 19, 2015 to start against the Seattle Mariners. He went 6.1 innings pitched with 6 strikeouts and 2 earned runs as he earned his first win of the season in a 7-2 Rangers' win. 
60 feet 6 Foundation
In 2014, Holland launched the 60 Feet 6 Foundation to help raise awareness of and fund research for leukemia, particularly the pediatric forms. Through the charity, he raises funds to help families battling the disease.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- MLB Top 50 Prospects
- Derek Holland stats at MinorLeagueBaseball.com
- 60 Feet 6 Foundation