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56 Greg Holland RP
Height/Weight: 5-10/200 | Birthdate: 11/20/1985 | Birthplace: Morganton, NC | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 96/91 | Average Draft Position: 71.16
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Greg Holland fans the side for fourth save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Royals closer Greg Holland bounced back from a pair of subpar outings to make quick work of the Astros in a 4-2 win Tuesday.

Holland struck out the side en route to his fourth save of the season, the first time he has fanned each batter faced. He now has a 3.60 ERA in five innings of work, with nine strikeouts and just one walk, while saving all four of his chances. 


Greg Holland takes loss in non-save situation


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Royals closer Greg Holland was pressed into duty in a non-save situation Tuesday against the Rays, and didn't bring his best effort.

Holland gave up the game's lone run and ended up taking the loss as the Royals fell, 1-0. He gave up one run on two hits, while striking out one in his one inning of work.

Holland has pitched in five games this season, racking up three saves, though he has give up two runs on five hits and a walk along the way, with one loss. 


Greg Holland records third save Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Royals closer Greg Holland secured his third save of the season Monday, giving up one earned run on two hits while striking out one in his team's 4-2 win over the Rays.

Holland surrendered his first run of the season in Monday's save, giving him a 3.00 ERA in three innings over four appearances, including a one-batter appearance on Opening Day in which he gave up a hit and didn't record an out. He has tallied five strikeouts against only one walk.


Greg Holland earns second save vs. White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Royals closer Greg Holland collected his second save of the season on Saturday, closing out a 4-3 win over the White Sox.

Holland worked past a leadoff walk to Adam Dunn before striking out Adam Eaton and Marcus Semien. He forced Jose Abreu to ground out for the final out of the game. He tossed 20 pitches, 12 of which were called strikes.

Holland is 2 for 2 in save chances with a 4:1 K:BB ratio over his first two innings pitched.

Greg Holland records easy first save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Royals closer Greg Holland picked up his first save of the season Friday, as he closed out a 7-5 win over the White Sox. He worked an easy scoreless ninth for the save, striking out two batters while throwing 13 pitches.

Holland emerged as an elite option out of the bullpen last season, recording 47 saves with a 1.21 ERA. 


Greg Holland can't get game to extra innings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Royals closer Greg Holland entered Monday's game against the Tigers in the bottom of the ninth inning trying to send the game into extra innings. Unfortunately, Holland gave up a game-winning RBI single to the first batter he faced -- Alex Gonzalez -- as Detroit escaped with a 4-3 win.

The loss was charged to Wade Davis, who put two runners on base in the ninth inning before Holland entered the game.


Greg Holland, Royals avoid going to arbitration


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2014) The Royals avoided arbitration with closer Greg Holland, agreeing to a one-year, $4.675 million contract for 2014.

Royals, Greg Holland exchange arbitration figures


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The Royals and pitcher Greg Holland exchanged salary figures Friday, with Holland seeking $5.2 million and the team offering $4.1 million, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

Holland is in his first year of arbitration eligibility after going 2-1 with a 1.21 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 103:18 K:BB ratio and 47 saves in 67 innings last season.


Royals open to trading top relievers


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/25/2013) The Kansas City Star reports that the Royals will listen to trade offers for any of their relievers, including closer Greg Holland. Though the team is reportedly looking for ways to limit their payroll, they are unlikely to trade Holland, but setup men Tim Collins and Aaron Crow are much more readily available.

Collins led the Royals with 21 holds, and he notched a 3.54 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings.

Crow, a one-time starting pitching prospect, registered a 3.38 ERA, 19 holds and 44 strikeouts in 48 innings.


Greg Holland closes 47th game


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Royals closer Greg Holland notched his 47th save in the finale Sunday against the White Sox.

Holland put on three baserunners via two hits and a walk but used two strikeouts to avoid any damage. His ERA finishes at 1.21 in what may be the best season by any Royals closer in history.

Greg Holland converts 46th save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2013) Royals closer Greg Holland converted his 46th save of the season Thursday night against the White Sox. The right-hander worked around a base hit as he struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 3-2 victory.

Holland is 46 of 49 in save chances, with a 1.23 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP.

Greg Holland comes back with two strikeouts


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) Royals closer Greg Holland took the mound in the bottom of the 12th inning Monday night in Seattle.

The Royals took a 6-5 lead in the top of the inning and Holland walked the first two batters he faced. Holland came back to put an end to a long night with two strikeouts for the save. He earned his 45th save of the season.

Holland threw 27 pitches and his ERA is at 1.25.


Greg Holland strikes out two in 44th save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2013) Royals closer Greg Holland needed just 11 pitches to complete a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday, striking out two to shut the door on his team's 2-1 win over the Rangers and earn his 44th save.

Holland has been incredibly difficult to score upon in the second half, giving up just one earned run in his last 25 appearances while striking out 32 batters. He owns a 1.29 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 96:15 K:BB ratio in 63 innings.


Greg Holland closes out Tigers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2013) Royals closer Greg Holland collected his 43rd save of the season Saturday night against the Tigers. The right-hander worked his way around a base hit and a walk as he struck out one in a scoreless frame to preserve a 1-0 victory.

Holland is 43 of 46 in save chances, with a 1.33 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP.

Greg Holland strikes out side for save


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2013) Royals closer Greg Holland pulled his 42nd save on Wednesday afternoon in Cleveland. He once again struck out the side for Kansas City in the 6-2 game. 

Holland earned a save despite K.C. winning by four runs as he entered with two runners in scoring position after James Shields failed to complete his game in the ninth. Holland needed 15 pitches and his ERA is at 1.35. 

The closer has earned saves in four straight since his third blown save. He has 93 strikeouts over just 60 innings pitched this season. 


Greg Holland nails down 41st save


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2013) Royals closer Greg Holland notched his 41st save of the season on Tuesday night in Cleveland. Holland closed out a 6-3 win for the Royals. 

The closer went 1-2-3 with a strikeout in the ninth inning on just 11 pitches thrown. He lowered his ERA to 1.37 on the year in the process. 

The 27-year-old has saves in three straight since his third blown save. He has 90 Ks on the year over 59 innings. 


Greg Holland secures save no. 40


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2013) Royals closer Greg Holland slammed the door in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Tigers to pick up his 40th save of the season, giving up one hit in a scoreless ninth inning. He did not walk a batter or strike one out.

Holland has been spectacular this season, and after surrendering four earned runs over two innings in his first three appearances of the year, he has given up just five earned runs over 56 innings. He owns a 1.40 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 89:14 K:BB ratio in 58 innings.


Greg Holland converts 39th save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2013) Royals closer Greg Holland notched his 39th save of the season Saturday night against the Tigers. The right-hander needed only 14 pitches as he struck out two and tossed a perfect frame to secure a 4-3 win.

Holland is 39 of 42 in save opportunities with a 1.42 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP.

Greg Holland blows save opportunity


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2013) Royals closer Greg Holland suffered his third blown save of the season Thursday, giving up a game-tying home run in the ninth inning of his team's 7-6 win over the Mariners.

It was the first earned run given up by Holland since July 23, breaking a span of 17 consecutive scoreless outings. Holland owns a 1.45 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 87:14 K:BB ratio in 56 innings.


Greg Holland strikes out two for save


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2013) Royals closer Greg Holland picked up his 38th save Tuesday night at home against the Mariners. Holland struck out two batters in the ninth in a perfect inning.

Holland went 1-2-3 on 12 pitches with two Ks. His ERA is now at 1.31 on the year for the Royals.

The 27-year-old has been absolutely lights out for Kansas City with seven saves over his last 10 appearances.

Greg Holland earns 37th save


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2013) Royals closer Greg Holland was called upon for another save opportunity Monday at home against the Mariners. Holland closed out a 3-1 win to earn his 37th save of the season.

Holland gave up a hit in the ninth, but needed just 13 pitches to retire the side. He struck out one batter and his ERA is now at 1.33.

The 27-year-old Holland has been lights out for the Royals down the stretch. He has saves in seven of his last 10 appearances and hasn't allowed a run over that stretch with 14 strikeouts.

Greg Holland keeps shutout intact


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) Royals closer Greg Holland closed out a 5-0 shutout win Sunday in Toronto. Holland was not pitching in a save situation with a five-run lead.

Holland kept the game scoreless as he went 1-2-3 in the ninth. He threw 12 pitches and didn't have a strikeout. His ERA is now at 1.36 on the season.

Holland has gone 36 for 38 in save situations this year. He also has 83 strikeouts over just 53 innings pitched for the Royals. Holland has not allowed a run since July 23 against Baltimore.

Greg Holland notches 35th save


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2013) Royals closer Greg Holland recorded his 35th save in Sunday's win over Washington.

Holland allowed a pair of hits but struck out three to work his way around it. His ERA sits at 1.41 as he continues his ascension to the elite class of closers.


Greg Holland collects second save of the day


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2013) Royals closer Greg Holland collected his second save of the day in Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers. The right-hander worked his way around a leadoff single to Victor Martinez as he struck out Andy Dirks and grounded Brayan Pena into a game-ending double play to secure a 3-0 win.

Holland has converted 27 consecutive saves. He is 34 of 36 in save chances with a 1.47 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.

Greg Holland picks up 33rd save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2013) Royals closer Greg Holland notched his 33rd save of the season in Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers. The left-hander worked his way around a walk as he struck out one and tossed a scoreless frame to preserve a 2-1 victory.

Holland has converted 26 consecutive saves. He is 33 of 35 in save chances with a 1.50 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.