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Derek Lane Holland

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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. He was limited to 6 appearances that season, all of them in September as his recovery from the surgery took some time, but was a solid 2-0, 1.46. He had a 25/5 K/W ratio in 37 innings, showing that he was back in full health. He started the Rangers' home opener on April 10, 2015, but lasted only one inning, as he had no velocity on his fastball. He was diagnosed with a strain in his left shoulder, putting him out for at least two months.

[edit] Notable Achievements

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

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