Former Steamer Greg Holland Ascends to Closer Role PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chip Pruden, GM   
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 14:59
EDENTON, NC – The Edenton Steamers of the Coastal Plain League announce today that former Steamer Greg Holland has been named the closer for the Kansas City Royals.
In 2006 with Edenton he finished 3-2 with a 1.80 ERA as the closer. He earned 11 saves in 26 appearances and 33.2 innings pitched. On the mound he only allowed 27 hits and nine runs (seven earned), he issued 12 walks and struck out 29, holding opposing hitters to a paltry .198 batting average against.
Holland was a 10th round draft pick in 2007 by the Kansas City Royals out of Western Carolina University. After spending a little over three seasons in the Royals system, he made his Major League debut on August 2nd, 2010.
In his career with the Royals, Holland has a record of 10-5 and a 3.09 ERA in parts of three seasons. He has made 108 appearances and pitched 125.1 innings, allowing 104 hits, 45 runs (43 earned), 52 walks, 159 strikeouts and seven saves.
After Joakim Soria went down for the season requiring Tommy John surgery, Jonathan Broxton assumed the closer role and held it until the trade deadline. But with Broxton’s recent departure via trade to the Cincinnati Reds, Royals manager Ned Yost decided to give Holland his shot at closing out ball games fulltime.
"I think that he's been very solid down there, and we'll give him an opportunity to close games out,” Yost said. "He was pretty obvious for me right now. He's been pretty consistent, and we feel that his stuff is all the way back to where it was last year when he was really successful."
The Edenton Steamers are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 16th season in 2012, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,000 alumni drafted and 53 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as cpleague).
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