Position | Pitcher
Bats/Throws | Both/Left
Born | October 9, 1986 (Newark, Ohio)
School | Wallace State Community College
Height | 6'2''
Weight | 185 lbs.
2008 Ranking | Not Ranked
Derek Holland came out of nowhere in 2008. A 25th round draft pick back in 2006 by the Texas Rangers, Holland moved from Low-A ball to Double-A ball in one season, which for any pitcher is a pretty big move. He combined to go 13-1 with a 2.28 ERA and a 3.93 K/BB ratio in 150+ innings last season. He has a mid-90's fastball with a great change-up. He still has work to do on his slider, but it got better as the 2008 season went on. Holland is just one of the reasons why the Texas Rangers is regarded as having the best farm system in all of baseball. Holland is said to have both the best change-up and control in the Rangers' farm system. Holland could be a top 10 prospect on next year's list.
2009 OutlookLevel W L ERA IP K BB WHIP FIPA 7 0 2.40 93.2 91 29 1.13 2.53
A+ 3 1 3.19 31.0 37 5 0.81 1.81
AA 3 0 0.69 26.0 29 6 0.77 1.66
Holland only pitched in 26 innings for the Frisco RoughRiders last season, but that's not too far off of the 31 innings he threw for the Bakersfield Blaze. He will probably start the season with the RoughRiders but could very well be with the Rangers in time for September call-ups.
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