While Greg Holland has 319.2 innings and 145 saves under his belt, he's an unknown commodity at this time. We haven't seen the 31-year-old in well over a year, since he underwent Tommy John surgery in October of 2015. What we do know second-hand is that Holland was sitting between 88-91 mph with his fastball during a recent showcase -- significantly lower than his 95.5 mph career average -- but most scouts emerged feeling confident about his health. The general expectation is that Holland will be ready for spring training, but after signing with the Rockies on a one-year pact, he'll likely have to settle for a setup role to begin the season. Holland's experience in the ninth inning should lead itself to future save opportunities if he returns to something close to his old self, but until he can supplant Adam Ottavino for save opportunities, he'll make for a risky investment.
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. 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.
Holland signed a one-year contract with the Rockies that includes a vesting option for a second year, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports. 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.
Holland (elbow) was sitting at 88-91 mph with his fastball during a showcase Monday, FanGraphs' Eric Longenhagen reports. 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.
Holland (elbow) should be healthy for the start of spring training in February, the Kansas City Star reports. 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.
Holland (elbow) has been throwing from 60 feet, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. The free agent is slated to miss the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery at the end of the 2015 regular season, but he's begun the rehab process and is hoping to land a contract sometime this season. Assuming all goes well, Holland should be good to go for 2017, but he faces a lengthy recovery process ahead of him.