Derek Holland, Starting Pitcher, Chicago White Sox
Date of Birth: 10/9/1986
Birthplace: Newark, Ohio
College: Wallace State Community College
Current Salary: $6,000,000
Nickname: Dutch Oven
Derek Holland, starting pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2006. He pitched in the Rangers' minor league system in 2007 and 2008 before being called up to the major leagues.
Holland struggled in 2009, his first season in the major leagues. He had an 8-13 record and a 6.12 ERA in 138.1 innings in 33 games. The next season, he was back in the minors, pitching just 57.1 innings in 14 games with the Rangers.
Holland rejoined the Rangers' starting rotation in 2011 and he had a good season. In 32 games, he pitched 198.0 innings and he had a career high 16 wins (to 5 losses) and a 3.95 ERA. He signed a five-year, $28.5 million contract extension with the Rangers in March, 2012.
Holland had his best season in 2013 when he had career highs in games played (33), innings pitched (213.0), and strikeouts (189 to 64 walks). That year, he had a 10-9 record and a 3.42 ERA.
Holland had knee surgery in January, 2014. He pitched in just six games with the Rangers in 2014. He spent time on the DL again in 2015, pitching in just 10 games with the Rangers. He finished the 2015 season with a 4-3 record, 41 strikeouts to 17 walks, and a 4.91 ERA in 58.2 innings. He pitched 2.0 innings in the postseason and he gave up 5 hits, including 3 home runs, and 6 runs.
In 2016, Holland had a 4.95 ERA in 20 games as a starter and 2 games in relief. He finished the season with 7 wins to 9 losses and 67 strikeouts to 35 walks in 107.1 innings.
Holland signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the White Sox on December 14, 2016.
Career pitching statistics for Holland through 2016 include:
- 179 games played
- 985.0 innings pitched
- 62-50 win-loss record
- 790 strikeouts to 311 walks
- 4.35 ERA