Royals Promote Former Catamount RHP Greg Holland
Former WCU pitcher Greg Holland
Courtesy: Western Carolina Athletics
Jared Burton, Corey Martin both currently in Triple A
Cullowhee, N.C. – Former Western Carolina right-handed reliever Greg Holland has been called up to the Kansas City Royals Major League baseball roster. Holland becomes the first former Catamount to advance to the show this year and is the ninth former WCU player all-time to land on a Major League roster.
According to sources with the Kansas City Royals, Holland will be suited up tonight as the team hosts the Baltimore Orioles (8:10 pm ET / 7:10 pm CT) wearing jersey number 56.
A 10th-round pick by Kansas City in the 2007 MLB Draft, Holland has spent all season with the Triple-A Pacific Coast League (PCL) Omaha Royals. He has a 3-3 overall record with three saves and a 3.81 ERA including 60 strikeouts in 56.2 innings pitched. Over his last 10 games, he’d struck out 30 in 16.1 innings while allowing just two earned runs and limiting opponents to a .161 batting average.
Because of his most recent performance, earlier this week Holland was dubbed the PCL Pitcher of the Week. He appeared in three games, finishing the first, receiving credit for a hold in the second and picking up a win in the third. In all, he pitched seven innings, allowing one run, three hits and three walks while striking out 14 batters.
The Asheville, N.C., native put up his most impressive numbers in a July 22 contest in Memphis, surrendering just one hit in three scoreless frames while punching out seven Redbirds. He nearly matched the strikeout numbers three days later against New Orleans, mowing down six Zephyrs in three innings of work.
Drafted after his junior season in Cullowhee, Holland bypassed the rookie leagues and spent his first year in Idaho Falls in the Pioneer League. He finished the summer 6-1 with six saves through 22 relief appearances, striking out 37 in 33.2 innings. The following year, he was promoted to the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Class A Advanced Carolina League where he fanned 96 in 84.1 innings pitched with a 3.42 ERA.
A year ago, playing for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Holland was a Texas League Mid-season All-Star before finishing the year in Omaha. He boasted a 3.18 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 45.1 innings pitched with eight saves prior to his promotion.
Holland was a vital part of Western Carolina’s 2007 Southern Conference championship squad which also claimed a NCAA regional runner-up finish. A closing reliever, he saved 10 games in ‘07 and earned first team All-Southern Conference. His 10 saves in 2007 rank second in the school’s seasonal record books with nine in 2006 ranking tied for third all-time. Holland’s 19 total saves in three seasons continues to rank fourth in the WCU career record books.
Other Former Catamounts in Professional Baseball:
Mark DiFelice - Nashville Sounds (Triple A, Pacific Coast League):
Remains on the squad's disable list, rehabbing at the Milwaukee Brewers spring training center in Arizona ... Selected in the 15th round (450th overall) by the Colorado Rockies in the 1998 First-Year MLB Player Draft.
Jared Burton – Louisville Bats (Triple A – International League):
Continues to be on the Cincinnati Reds Triple-A affiliate roster in Louisville despite having not pitched since early June ... He has been on the disabled list with fatigue issues since mid-June ... Was picked up by the Cincinnati Reds from the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft in December, 2007.
Jonathan Greene – Bakersfield Blaze (Class A Advanced – California League):
Returned to the active roster after a stint on the disabled list ... Played with the Rangers Arizona League team before being promoted to Class A Bakersfield Blaze in the California League ... Hit .280 in the rookie league in just seven games before making the move to Bakersfield where he is hitting .250 with four home runs and a pair of doubles through 16 games ... Selected by the Texas Rangers in the eighth round (260th overall) of the June 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
Tyler Sexton – Aberdeen (Md.) IronBirds (Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League):
After working through extended spring training with the Baltimore Orioles organization in Florida, was reassigned to the Aberdeen IronBirds following the MLB Draft ... Has made seven appearances including six starts with a 1-3 overall record and a 7.75 ERA ... Has 31 strikeouts through 33.2 innings tossed on the season ... Selected in the 31st round (926th overall) of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Brent Greer - Visalia (Calif.) Rawhide (Advanced A, California League):
Is currently hitting .219 with 14 doubles, a triple and three home runs for the Arizona Diamondbacks farm team in California ... Has 25 RBI and six stolen bases on the season ... Selected by Arizona Diamondbacks in 14th round (426th overall) of 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Nick Liles - Augusta (Ga.) GreenJackets (Class A, South Atlantic League):
Currently ranks second in the South Atlantic League with a team-leading .313 batting average with 17 doubles, three triples and 44 RBI ... Has 20 stolen bases ... Hit a sizzling .375 during the month of June and his batting .323 since the all-star break ... Selected by the San Francisco Giants in the seventh round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Corey Martin – Iowa Cubs (Triple A, Pacific Coast League):
After starting the season with Peoria of the Midwest League and moving off of the squad’s disabled list for a strained calf, he bounced back through the farm system to earn his highest professional promotion to the Triple A club ... Made a brief return to both Boise and Peoria prior to earning the spot on the Iowa roster ... Has one Triple A relief appearance, tossing 1.2 innings with three strikeouts while allowing three earned runs ... Selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 27th round (830th overall) of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Chris Masters - Rome (Ga.) Braves (Class A, South Atlantic League):
Is 1-5 overall with 11 appearances including 19 appearances including 18 starts ... Has seen a rise in his ERA, currently with a 3.29 through 93 innings pitched ... Has 82 strikeouts against 34 walks ... Selected by Atlanta Braves in the 11th round (328th overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.