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Greg Holland | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/20/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 214
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Western Carolina
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 10 (0) / KC
Contract: view contract details
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Greg Holland picked up his eighth save despite giving up two runs in the ninth Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Holland surrendered a couple of soft hits, but he was shaky in this one, walking a batter and giving up a hard-hit fly to Yasiel Puig that could have been a homer had he gotten under it just a tad more. The runs were the first surrendered by Holland in eight innings this year. Apr 19 - 1:59 AM

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Greg Holland struck out two in a perfect inning of work Saturday, earning his fourth save in a win over the Dodgers.

Holland leads the league with four saves, and he's allowed just one baserunner through his four innings of work. In case there was any concern about Jake McGee's save Friday -- Holland was unavailable after working three of the previous four days -- it should be alleviated now. Holland is the reliever to own in Colorado.
Apr 9 - 12:01 AM

Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth for his third save in four days Thursday against the Brewers.

Holland struck out two of the three batters he faced. We're guessing he'll now get Friday off; the Rockies won't want to use him four times in five days in his first week back from Tommy John surgery. Adam Ottavino or Mike Dunn could pick up a save in his place.
Apr 6 - 5:05 PM

Greg Holland struck out a pair in a spotless inning to record a save in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

Holland looked sharper in this one than he did in closing out Monday's win. The closer needed just 12 pitches to complete the scoreless frame, getting a couple swinging punchouts and a groundout. Things could get hairy at Coors Field, but Holland is off to a solid start.
Apr 5 - 12:08 AM

Greg Holland walked a batter but hung on to notch his first save of the season in Monday's victory over the Brewers.

It was a scoreless frame but wasn't exactly pretty for Holland. He issued a leadoff walk to Jonathan Villar and then Eric Thames made pretty good contact on a flyout to center field. Nolan Arenado then snared a ball that was headed for the hole and managed to turn it into a game-ending double play. Holland was hitting 95 mph regularly Monday, but we didn't really see him break off his trademark slider.
Apr 3 - 6:37 PM

Greg Holland allowed two runs on three hits in one inning of work Monday against the Rangers.

While Holland struck out two in the frame, he allowed a single, a double, and a triple and also let in a run on a wild pitch which occurred on a third strike. He needed 27 pitches to get through the frame. The plan calls for Holland to pitch again on Tuesday, which would mark the first time this spring that he has appeared in back-to-back games. He’s looking like the favorite to begin the year as the closer, so obviously it’s a big test for him.
Mar 27 - 8:16 PM

Greg Holland is scheduled to pitch in back-to-back Cactus League games for the first time on Monday and Tuesday.

The veteran right-hander, who is now expected to begin the season as the Rockies' closer, owns a 4.91 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 6/2 K/BB ratio across 3 2/3 innings so far in Cactus League play. His health is certainly a concern, but Holland looks to be a considerable bargain in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 26 - 10:00 PM

Greg Holland (elbow) struck out two batters in a scoreless inning Monday against the Cubs.

Holland was very shaky in his last outing, so this was nice to see. According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, his fastball sat in the 92-94.5 mph range in this one. It wasn’t too long ago that the assumption was that Adam Ottavino would open the season as the closer by default, but that’s no longer a sure thing. In fact, Holland could have the job in short order.
Mar 20 - 8:07 PM

Greg Holland (elbow) needed just 10 pitches to get through a 1-2-3 ninth inning Wednesday in his Cactus League debut.

Holland hit 95 mph with his fastball against the first batter he faced and also broke off a couple nice off-speed pitches. He is expected to make another six to eight appearances in the Cactus League before the start of the 2017 regular season. If everything goes smoothly, the right-hander will likely open as the Rockies' new closer. That would mean a setup role for Adam Ottavino.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 16 - 10:57 AM

Greg Holland (elbow) will make his Cactus League debut on Wednesday.

The Rockies have been easing Holland into things this spring after he missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery. Colorado hasn't ruled out using the veteran reliever in their closer role from the outset even though his velocity is sitting in the low-90s and he'll have less than three weeks of game action to tune up before Opening Day. We're betting on Adam Ottavino opening the year as the Rockies' closer, with Holland pushing for the job eventually if he regains his pre-surgery form.
Mar 14 - 5:50 PM

Greg Holland (elbow) made a successful simulated appearance Monday in Rockies camp.

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post says Holland was sitting 91-92 mph with his fastball and broke off a few nice-looking breaking balls. That's better velocity than what was reported at some of his showcases this winter. Holland signed a one-year, $7 million free agent contract with the Rockies in late January after missing the entire 2016 season following Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He'll likely open the 2017 campaign as a setup man to Adam Ottavino.
Mar 6 - 1:02 PM

Greg Holland (elbow) will appear in a simulated game Sunday and could make his Cactus League debut later this week.

Holland is being eased into things this spring as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. The veteran reliever is 18 months removed from the operation at this point and is expected to be ready to roll for Opening Day, but he might be rusty early on. Holland is competing with Adam Ottavino to be the club's closer.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 5 - 12:04 PM

Adding details to the Greg Holland contract, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the deal includes a $15 million vesting option for 2018 that triggers if Holland appears in 50 games or finishes 30 games.

At that point, Holland would have the opportunity to exercise the option or decline and hit free agency. If he does not appear in 50 games or finish 30, there is a $10 million mutual option for 2018 which would include an additional $8 million in possible incentives and a $1 million buyout.
Jan 28 - 2:54 PM

Rockies signed RHP Greg Holland to a one-year, $7 million contract.

The deal includes incentives which could push the total as high as $14 million and also includes a conditional option for 2018. It's unclear if he'll begin the season in the closer's role or if he'll have to battle it out with Adam Ottavino in the spring, but either way he strengthens the back end of the Rockies' bullpen considerably.
Jan 28 - 10:37 AM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Greg Holland will be guaranteed $7 million in his one-year deal with the Rockies.

The deal includes non-closing incentives which could push the total to $10 million. It also has incentives for closing which could max out at $14 million. This reflects the uncertainty involved as Holland makes his way back from Tommy John surgery. Adam Ottavino still might be the favorite for saves to begin the year.
Jan 25 - 3:24 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tony Wolters
2Tom Murphy
3Dustin Garneau
1B1Ian Desmond
2Mark Reynolds
2B1DJ LeMahieu
2Alexi Amarista
SS1Trevor Story
2Cristhian Adames
3Pat Valaika
3B1Nolan Arenado
LF1David Dahl
2Gerardo Parra
CF1Charlie Blackmon
RF1Carlos Gonzalez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Gray
2Tyler Anderson
3Tyler Chatwood
4Kyle Freeland
5Antonio Senzatela
6German Marquez
7Chad Bettis
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Adam Ottavino
3Jake McGee
4Mike Dunn
5Chad Qualls
6Carlos Estevez
7Chris Rusin
8Jordan Lyles
9Scott Oberg
10Jairo Diaz