Welcome to The Show, Greg Holland


The Royals purchased the contract of Greg Holland from Omaha today to fill the vacancy left by the newly departed Scott Podsednik.  A strikeout pitcher, the right handed Holland has an average fastball and a decent breaking ball.  He tends to induce more groundballs than flyballs, as well (46.5/36.8 split in 2010).

Holland’s overall numbers don’t look spectacular, but don’t let that (still decent) 3.81 ERA fool you. Holland has had a blistering July, striking out 22 batters in 12 innings. That’s a rate of 16.50 K/9. On the year, his K/9 rate is 9.5, right around his career average of 9.6.

The lowest walkrate of Holland’s minor league career came in 2008 in Wilmington, when he walked 3.7 batters per nine innings, so his control can be spotty, but like Robinson Tejeda, that can balance out when you miss a lot of bats. (Blake Wood, however…)

Also of note, as a 10th round selection in the 2007 draft, Holland is the first of Dayton Moore’s draft class to reach the major leagues. Remember, though he was hired the week before the 2006 draft, Moore had voluntarily abstained from a role in the Royals draft due to his months of preparation for the Braves. Symbolically, “The Process” has officially started.

20092 Teams433.813554.12323424501.5099.
4 Seasons17123.62125229.010292121042431.3107.
AAA (2 seasons)444.254265.23331535611.3257.
AA (1 season)323.182945.11616219491.4349.
Rk (1 season)613.482233.21613115371.2777.
A+ (1 season)453.423284.13732435961.2457.50.43.710.22.74

The next most likely player to follow Holland to Kansas City is Louis Coleman, who’s rocketed through four levels in less than two seasons after being drafted in the fifth round in 2009.

20092 TeamsA+-A411.661421.25404220.6464.
20102 Teams412.223069.01817617740.8845.
2 Seasons822.084490.22321621960.8275.

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