Greg Holland, Relief Pitcher, Colorado Rockies
Date of Birth: 11/20/1985
Birthplace: Morganton, North Carolina
College: Western Carolina University
Current Salary: $6,000,000
Greg Holland, relief pitcher for the Colorado Rockies, was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 2007. He pitched in their minor league system from 2007 through most of 2010. He first joined the Royals in 2010, pitching 18.2 innings in 15 games.
Holland pitched 60.0 innings out of the Royals' bullpen in 2011. He finished the season with a 5-1 record and a 1.80 ERA. In 2012, he became the Royals' closer on July 31st. In his first season as a closer, he had 16 saves and a 2.96 ERA in 67 games.
Holland had his best season in 2013 when he had career highs in games played (68), saves (47), and strikeouts (103 to 18 walks). That season he also had a career low ERA of 1.21. He had another good season in 2014, winning the Mariano Rivera award for having a 1.44 ERA and 46 saves in 65 games.
As the Royals' closer in 2015, Holland had 32 saves, 49 strikeouts to 26 walks, and a 3.83 ERA in 44.2 innings in 48 games. He had Tommy John surgery in the beginning of October, 2015.
Holland became a free agent on December 2, 2015. He missed the entire 2016 season, recovering from his surgery.
Holland signed a one-year contract with the Rockies on January 28, 2017.
Career pitching statistics for Holland through 2016 include:
- 309 games played
- 319.2 innings pitched
- 18-12 win-loss record
- 145 saves
- 430 strikeouts to 125 walks
- 2.42 ERA
Holland and his wife Lacey's first child was born on October 1, 2014.