Greg Holland
RP COL
1 week ago

The Rockies will likely tab Holland as the closer at the start of the season, the Denver Post's Nick Groke reports.

EDGE Analysis

Groke, one of the Rockies' top beat writers, referred to Holland as "the man to whom the Rockies will probably pin closer status next month," so whether he is reading between the lines or basing this on off-the-record conversations, it seems fair to now peg Holland as the favorite to close in Colorado. Holland touched 95 mph with his fastball and threw his slider and curveball in Wednesday's perfect appearance against Brewers minor leaguers. Adam Ottavino certainly pitched well enough last season to deserve the closer role, but Holland has 145 career saves, compared to Ottavino's 11, so experience could carry the day for Holland. Ottavino is also probably more capable of logging 65-plus innings in a versatile high-leverage role, while Holland's innings should be more closely monitored in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, making the latter a more logical choice for the rigid one-inning closer role. Nothing is official, and Holland will obviously need to remain healthy and productive this spring to open the year as the closer, but this is now one of the least stable closer situations in the National League.

Greg Holland
RP COL
1 week ago

Holland threw a perfect ninth inning in his spring debut Wednesday, striking out one batter in the process.

EDGE Analysis

It was a nice return for the 31-year-old, who didn't allow a baserunner during his first appearance in a live game since undergoing Tommy John surgery in October 2015. He's expected to start the year as the setup man, but if he's able to regain his pre-injury form, the former All-Star will have a shot to grab hold of the closer role in 2017.

Greg Holland
RP COL
1 week ago

Holland is scheduled to make his spring training debut Wednesday against the Brewers, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Holland hasn't appeared in a live game since undergoing Tommy John surgery in October 2015. It appears that the 31-year-old will open the season as the team's setup man, but if he's able to return to his pre-injury form, the former All-Star could find himself in the closer role sometime during 2017.

Greg Holland
RP COL
2 weeks ago

Holland threw an inning in a simulated game over the weekend, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is the former closer's second sim game of the spring, and if previous reports hold true, the next step is for Holland to get into a Cactus League game. No word has come out on when he'll get the green light to appear against another big league team, but it seems like his entry into the Rockies' relief corps is fast approaching.

Greg Holland
RP COL
2 weeks ago

Holland threw 21 pitches in a simulated game Monday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Everything in the outing went according to plan, leaving actually appearing in a game as the final hurdle in his Tommy John rehab process. The plan as of now is to have Holland throw in one more sim game prior to getting into a Cactus League game. It's unclear how soon those two events will occur, but there's reason to believe he could return to full action within the next week.

Greg Holland
RP COL
3 weeks ago

Holland won't appear in his first spring game until next week at the earliest, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

As he has done in the past, the former closer is taking his time prior to entering into any game situations, especially given his absence from last season's campaign due to Tommy John surgery. Holland seems to be 100 percent as of now, and he should give incumbent Adam Ottavino a run for his money for the title of closer.

Greg Holland
RP COL
4 weeks ago

Holland threw 20 pitches in a modified simulated game Saturday and is scheduled for another session Tuesday before being re-evaluated, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The hard-throwing right-hander is still coming back from Tommy John surgery, and although he has a clean bill of health, the Rockies are insistent on taking a fairly cautious approach with his progression during spring training. Holland noted that he sat out of the earlier games of the spring during his time with the Royals as well, so this situation shouldn't raise too much concern right now. There's currently no timetable for his first Cactus League appearance, but things seem to be going as planned for Holland even if he has yet to appear in a game.

Greg Holland
RP COL
2 months ago

Holland signed a one-year contract with the Rockies that includes a vesting option for a second year, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Holland was non-tendered by the Royals at the tail-end of 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, leaving him without an organization in 2016. However, the Rockies decided to take a chance on the former closer with the hopes that he can be a major contributor in the back-end of their bullpen. The right-hander's velocity is down a bit from his days in Kansas City but his strong track record (2.42 ERA, 12.1 K/9, 145 saves in his career) and his groundball tendencies should have him in line to compete for the closer's role during spring training. He faces stiff competition in right-hander Adam Ottavino, as well as left-hander Jake McGee and right-hander Carlos Estevez to some extent, but it's likely that Holland will be in the mix for high-leverage innings even with the high competition.

Greg Holland
RP COL
5 months ago

Holland (elbow) was sitting at 88-91 mph with his fastball during a showcase Monday, FanGraphs' Eric Longenhagen reports.

EDGE Analysis

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the consensus among the scouts and general managers in attendance was that Holland looked healthy and was getting good extension during his delivery. Sherman notes that the Yankees, Mets and Giants sent significant scouts to the showcase. Holland threw 35 pitches, all fastballs and sliders, and even though his velocity was down four or five ticks from where he was at before needing Tommy John surgery, he should still draw plenty of interest on the open market.

Greg Holland
RP COL
5 months ago

Holland (elbow) should be healthy for the start of spring training in February, the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

It remains to be seen where he will pitch in 2017, but Holland is more than a year removed from Tommy John surgery. The Royals had previously hoped to sign him to a two-year deal while he completed the rehab process, but that arrangement never happened and Holland resumed throwing from a mound in August. Holland had back-to-back seasons with a sub-1.50 ERA and an elite strikeout rate before he pitched with the torn UCL in 2015, and it's possible that he'll emerge as a closer again to begin the season if he lands in the right opportunity.