Derek Holland

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Derek Holland
Derek Holland.jpg
Holland with the Texas Rangers
San Francisco Giants
Starting pitcher
Born: (1986-10-09) October 9, 1986 (age 32)
Newark, Ohio
Bats: Switch Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 25, 2009, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through July 20, 2019)
Win–loss record78–77
Earned run average4.51

Derek Lane Holland (born October 9, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the San Francisco Giants organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, and San Francisco Giants. He is nicknamed "Dutch Oven".[1]

Professional career[edit]

Pitching style[edit]

Holland is able 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.[2]

Texas Rangers[edit]

Holland was drafted in the 25th round in 2006 out of Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama, a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association.[3] He was the number two rated prospect in the Rangers organization according to Baseball America, behind Neftalí Feliz, for 2009.[4]


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 entered the game 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 two outs 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.[5] He lowered his ERA to 4.14 in June, mainly by virtue of his first shutout of the season.[6] 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.[7]

In 2011, he was 16–5 with a 3.95 ERA.[8] 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.[8][9]

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 13 innings. The Rangers lost the World Series in 7 games.


Holland in 2014

He signed a contract extension on March 20, 2012 that was worth $28.5 million over five years with a two-year club option with Texas Rangers.[10] 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.[11][12] 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.[13]


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.[14] On August 30, Holland threw a complete game against the Baltimore Orioles at Globe Life Park. His last complete game was on September 23, 2013. It was his 8th career shutout. He went 9 innings, no walks, no runs, 11 strikeouts, and allowed only three hits. The final batter was Chris Davis as he threw his bat when he struck out and home plate umpire Bill Miller rung him up on the 8th pitch of the at-bat, ending the ballgame, and a 6-0 Rangers win.


On November 8, 2016, the Texas Rangers announced they would decline a 2017 club option on Holland, making him a free agent. Holland was due to receive $11 million in pay in 2017, and received a $1.5 million buyout.[15]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

On December 14, 2016, Holland signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Chicago White Sox[16] Holland began the season with a 2.37 ERA in 10 starts, but afterwards, his performance regressed immensely. He was granted an unconditional release on September 5, 2017, after a 7–14 record, 6.20 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP through 26 starts and 3 relief appearances with the White Sox.[17]

San Francisco Giants[edit]


On February 9, 2018, Holland signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants.[18] With injuries to Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija, Holland was added to the rotation at the beginning of the season.[19] Throughout the season, he would make starts and also provide relief appearances from the bullpen. He finished the 2018 season with a 7-9 record and a 3.57 ERA.


On January 14, 2019, the Giants re-signed Holland to a one-year deal with a club option for 2020, earning a base salary of $6.5 million and a $500K buyout for 2020.[20] Holland earned his first win of the season on April 9th against the Padres. On April 29th, Holland was placed on the 10-Day Injured List with a bone bruise in his left index finger. Upon returning from the IL, he started against Colorado, giving up seven earned runs over 2 2/3 innings.

In a post-game interview on May 11th, Holland told the media that he "faked an injury" and questioned the Front Office's operations.[21] Bruce Bochy and Farhan Zaidi both responded to his statement, chastising him for not approaching them first before speaking to the media and ensuring they had an open door policy when it comes to player concerns.[22] Since his start in Colorado, Holland has been relegated to long-relief appearances out of the bullpen.

On July 21, 2019, Holland was designated for assignment.[23]

60 feet 6 Foundation[edit]

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.[24]


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  2. ^ "PITCHf/x Player Card: Derek Holland". Retrieved 30 April 2012.
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  7. ^ "Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays, July 30, 2011". July 30, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
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  9. ^ "Texas Rangers Top 10 Pitching Leaders". Retrieved October 10, 2011.
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  11. ^ Durrett, Richard (January 13, 2014). "Derek Holland blames dog for fall". Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  12. ^ "Derek Holland has 'freak accident,' will miss start of 2014". USA Today. Associated Press. January 10, 2014. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  13. ^ Sullivan, T. R. (January 14, 2014). "Holland undergoes microfracture surgery on left knee". Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  14. ^ Sulliivan, T. R. (April 10, 2015). "Holland out at least 2 months with shoulder strain". Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  15. ^ Scruggs, Newy (November 7, 2016). "Rangers Move On From Pitcher Derek Holland". KXAS-TV. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  16. ^ Merkin, Scott (December 14, 2016). "White Sox strike 1-year deal with Holland". Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  17. ^ Morris, Adam J. (September 5, 2017). "Chicago White Sox releasing Derek Holland". SB Nation. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  18. ^ Adams, Steve (February 9, 2018). "Giants Sign Derek Holland To Minor League Deal". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  19. ^ Brisbee, Grant (March 26, 2018). "Giants designate Jarrett Parker for assignment, add Derek Holland". SB Nation. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  20. ^ "Giants Re-Sign Derek Holland". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  21. ^ "Pitcher Derek Holland rips Giants' front office, says he faked injury". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  22. ^ "Giants' Derek Holland calls injury 'fake', Farhan Zaidi, Bruce Bochy respond to criticism". The Mercury News. 2019-05-12. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  23. ^ Henry Schulman (July 21, 2019). "Giants part ways with pitcher Derek Holland, infielder Ryder Jones". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  24. ^ Andro, Anthony (26 November 2014). "Helping others part of game for Rangers southpaw Holland". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2 Aug 2015.

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