AHF wrote:I know we have several knowledgeable Royals fans on here. How secure do you view Greg Holland in KC? He seems to be viewed by a lot of raters as a middle of the pack closer which would imply reasonable security to me but I remember from seasons past that KC has had a lot of talented arms in their bullpen that had closer potential.
Thanks for any thoughts!
I think Greg Holland has the goods to become an elite closer in 2013.
He hurt himself in April because his mechanics were wrong. The Royals tweaked what he was doing a bit.
In May/June he was learning his new delivery/mechanics, so his walk-rate went a bit haywire.
From July onward he was phenomenal, which coincided with him getting the closing gig.
July/August/September: 40.2 IP, 1 HR, 16 BB, 52 Ks.
That walk rate looks a little high, but 4 of those were actually intentional walks.
I would be buying G.Holland wherever I can, while he isn't a "big name".