Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Derek Holland 2009

Derek Holland is likely to see significant major league action for Texas in 2009, despite having moved through the minor leagues very quickly last year. Because of the rapid series of promotions, there's less of a statistical track record to forecast his future than for most pitchers. That said, the 22 year old lefty looks like a terrific prospect. His strikeout rates were generally above one per inning, and he displayed excellent control as well. While the competition at the major league level is much tougher, he still figures to be effective almost immediately. I wouldn't expect him to be an instant star, especially pitching in Texas, but he's a great player to have in keeper leagues, and may have some value for spot use in Yahoo leagues as a starter or middle reliever.

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