- October 9, 1986
- 6' 2"
- 195 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-22-2009 with TEX
Derek Lane Holland (born October 9, 1986, in Newark, Ohio) is a Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher for the Texas Rangers.
He was the #2 rated prospect in the organization according to Baseball America, behind Neftali Feliz, for 2009. He is nicknamed the Dutch Oven.
2009: Major League debut
Holland was drafted in the 25th round in 2006 out ofWallace State Community CollegeinAlabama.
On April 22, 2009, Holland made his major league debut; pitching 2⅓ innings, allowing 3hits, noruns, nowalks, andstrikingout 2. On August 9, he pitched his first complete game, a 7–0 shutout against theLos Angeles Angels of Anaheimin Anaheim.
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.
Derek Holland started the2011 seasonas 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 would respond 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.
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