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Derek Lane Holland

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[edit] Biographical Information

Derek Holland was drafted by the Texas Rangers as a draft-and-follow pick in the 25th round of the 2006 amateur draft on the recommendation of scout Rick Schroeder. After a second year of junior college, he was signed by scout Jeff Wood for $200,000 and made his pro debut in 2007.

Holland had a string of 3 shutouts in 5 starts pitching for the Texas Rangers in July of 2011, capping it with a 3-0 whitewash of the Toronto Blue Jays on July 30th. That gave him four shutouts for the year, the most by a Rangers pitcher since Doc Medich pitched as many in 1981. He finished the year 16-5 and had a great start in Game 4 of the 2011 World Series, shutting out the St. Louis Cardinals on 2 hits over 8 1/3 innings.

On March 20, 2012, Holland signed a five-year contract with the Rangers, worth $28.5 million.

In early January 2014, he had what the team described as a "freak accident", falling down stairs at home and landing on his left knee. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on January 10th and had to miss the start of the season as a result. After the surgery, Holland explained that his dog, named "Wrigley", had pushed him while running up the stairs, causing the fall and the injury.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL Shutouts Leader (2011)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (2011)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (2013)

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