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Saturday photos: Bullpen starring in winning streak

The Royals have won five in a row and the bullpen has produced 14.0 scoreless innings over the stretch.  Let’s take a look at the three relievers who worked on Saturday:

Danny Duffy had two scoreless innings in the 5-4 win.  He has posted 6.1 innings of shutout baseball with KC, with nine strikeouts.

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Wade Davis followed with two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 eighth.  Wade is averaging 14.46 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, first in the A.L. among pitchers with at least 9.0 innings.

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Greg Holland closed the win, striking out two for his sixth save.  He leads the A.L. in saves and is tied for the Major League lead entering Sunday.

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Royals, Holland agree to terms on a contract for 2014

 The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with right-handed pitcher Greg Holland for the 2014 season, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. 

Holland, 28, enjoyed one of the best seasons ever by a Royals relief pitcher, going 2-1 with a club record 47 saves in 2013, while recording a 1.21 ERA. The right-handed hurler was selected to the American League All-Star team and was also named the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year by the Kansas City Chapter of the BBWAA. He also struck out 103 batters, tying a Royals relief record.

The Royals have now signed all arbitration-eligible players for 2014.

Greg Holland conference call notes

Greg Holland had an incredible 2013 season as he won a second straight Bruce Rice Royals Pitcher of the Year award.  He reflected on the season in a conference call on Monday and was asked about making adjustments in order to continue his success.  Holland says that the best hitters know what a pitcher likes to do and that you cannot get into patterns.  He talks to Billy Butler regularly to get a feel for what hitters are looking for.  Holland also feels that he must continually get better at his strengths.

Greg’s only struggles in 2013 came early in the season.  He made adjustments after the opening road trip by consulting with pitching coach Dave Eiland. Holland worked on getting back to his strengths from 2012.

Greg’s favorite outing was the September 14 contest in Detroit when Alex Gordon, Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez combined on a game-ending play at the plate.  Holland said that KC’s strong defense gave him the ability to attack hitters more.  He believes the Royals could have more than three Gold Glove winners in the future.

Holland is spending the offseason at home in North Carolina.  The self-described “old country guy” enjoys time outside, including cook outs, sitting by the fire and hunting.

Greg Holland named 2013 Bruce Rice Royals Pitcher of the Year

Greg Holland_2337The Kansas City Royals have announced that right-handed reliever Greg Holland has been named the 2013 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year. The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).

Holland, who will turn 28 on November 20, earned his second consecutive Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year award after a record-setting season. The North Carolina native set a franchise mark with 47 saves, topping the previous best of 45 by Dan Quisenberry (1983) and Jeff Montgomery (1993). Holland made his first All-Star team while finishing third in the Majors in saves. He led MLB with 40 saves from May 30 to the end of the season and converted 31 opportunities in a row from May 30 to September 3. His 1.21 ERA set a club record for a reliever, besting Montgomery’s 1.37 mark in 1989. Holland’s 103 strikeouts matched a 42-year old club record for a reliever while his 13.84 strikeouts per 9.0 innings topped his own franchise best from 2012. Holland was named MLB Delivery Man of the Month for July and September along with Royals Pitcher of the Month in May, June and July.
On October 31, the Royals announced that right-handed pitcher James Shields won the 2013 Joe Burke Special Achievement award. Tomorrow, the club will announce the 2013 Les Milgram Player of the Year at noon CT.

Greg Holland wins his second MLB Delivery Man of the Month Award

Greg Holland_2337Royals closer Greg Holland has been named the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month for September.

Greg led the Majors with 11 saves, which also set a franchise record for September.  Holland, who won in July, is the first player to win the award multiple times in a season.  He capped the month by breaking the Royals single-season save record, setting the new mark of 47.  Holland also tied KC’s single-season strikeout record for a reliever at 103.

Congrats to Greg!

 

Greg Holland named MLB Delivery Man of the Month for July

Greg Holland_2337Royals closer Greg Holland, who led the Majors with 11 saves during July, has been selected as the winner of the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award for July, marking the first career monthly honor for the right-hander. Holland becomes the second Royals pitcher to win the award (third time), joining Joakim Soria, who received the award in September 2008 and September 2009. This Major League Baseball award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season as voted on by a panel from Major League Baseball.

Holland converted each of his 11 save opportunities during the month while appearing in 11 games and tossing 11.0 innings. The Marion, North Carolina native posted a 0.82 ERA, permitting one run on nine hits with one walk and 15 strikeouts while holding opposing batters to a .209 batting average. The 10th round pick in the 2007 Draft recorded saves on back-to-back days against the Cleveland Indians on July 3rd and July 4th, allowing a hit with three strikeouts over the 2.0 innings pitched. The 27-year-old also posted saves on consecutive days on July 8th-9th at the New York Yankees; on July 19th-20th against the Detroit Tigers; and on July 27th-28th at the Chicago White Sox. Overall, the 2013 A.L. All-Star has now converted 22 consecutive save opportunities entering play today which ranks third in Royals history, trailing Soria (36 straight in 2010) and Jeff Montgomery (24 consecutive in 1993). For the season, the Western Carolina University product is 2-1 with 29 saves and a 1.67 ERA. In 43.0 innings pitched, he has surrendered 10 runs (eight earned) on 28 hits with 12 walks and 68 strikeouts. Holland needs one more save this season to become the fourth different Royals pitcher with at least 30 saves in a season. He would join Montgomery and Dan Quisenberry, who each accomplished the feat five times, and Soria, who reached the 30-save plateau on three occasions. With 49 career saves, Greg is tied with Steve Farr for seventh on Kansas City’s all-time saves list, one behind Mike MacDougal (50) for sixth. Holland’s 14.36 strikeouts per 9.0 innings trail only Cincinnati’s Aroldis Chapman (15.16) among Major League pitchers with at least 40.0 innings. In 2012, Holland set a Royals record with 12.22 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (minimum 60.0 innings).

Other relievers receiving votes included Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel (0-1, 0.90 ERA, 8 SV, 10.0 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 13 SO); Oakland Athletics closer Grant Balfour (0-1, 1.64 ERA, 9 SV, 11.0 IP, 8 H, 2 BB, 15 SO); and Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen (2-0, 1.35 ERA, 7 SV, 13.1 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 15 SO).

Greg Holland added to American League All-Star team

Greg Holland_2337Major League Baseball announced today that Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland has been named a replacement on the American League All-Star team, taking the spot of Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma, who started today for the Mariners and will be unable to pitch on Tuesday night. Holland will join teammates Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez, who were named to the 84th Midsummer Classic at Citi Field in New York last week. All three are making their first career trip to the All-Star Game.

This marks the first time since the 1988 All-Star Game in Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium that the Royals have had three players selected, when George Brett made his 13th and final All-Star appearance, going as a first baseman, and was joined by infielder Kurt Stillwell and pitcher Mark Gubicza. This is the 11th time the club has had at least three players named to the American League squad.
Holland, 27, has served as the Royals’ closer since the second half of last season after Jonathan Broxton was dealt to the Reds at the trade deadline. Greg has made good on 38 of 42 save opportunities since taking over the roll full-time, including a current run of 15 in a row dating back to May 30. Since that date, Holland has posted a 0.95 ERA, allowing just two earned runs in 19.0 innings, while recording 34 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .111 average (7-for-63). He entered today leading the Majors in strikeouts per batter faced (.444) and strikeouts per 9-inning ratio at 15.43.

Congratulations to Greg!

Ned Yost media session: June 9, 2013

Royals skipper Ned Yost addressed the media prior to today’s series finale with the Houston Astros.  Yost first discussed the today’s lineup that gave both Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain a day off.  “We plan a couple days in advance.  We try to pick a good day for them to have off, Escobar has played almost every game and we try to give Cain a day off every seven to ten games to let him get his legs under him.  Detroit’s coming in tomorrow and that is a big series and with the day-game turnaround today we made the decision a couple days ago.”

Yost then commented on the recent improved performance of first baseman Eric Hosmer.  “He’s improving tremendously…you know when he gets up over .300…over the rest of the season it will be because he can pull the ball more efficiently.  That’s the key he has tremendous power to the pull side, he’s got very very good power to the opposite field, but he hasn’t utilized his pull power.  He’s starting to get his swing freed up and starting to get the bat head back out, and when he’s able to pull the pull the ball with a little more frequency that’s when he’s going to be back to being the player I think he can be.”

Yost concluded the conference by discussing the play of closer Greg Holland.  “He’s throwing the ball great, I feel every time we get to the ninth inning I feel really really good about it.  You know that’s your focus once the game starts is how do I get a lead to Greg Holland.  We’ve got a lot of confidence in Greg and he’s throwing the ball really well right now.”

Royals Caravan visits KU Med

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A pair of Caravan groups started their two-day treks across Royals Country today with a stop at The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.  One Caravan is now moving north to Nebraska, with a return stop in St. Joseph, Mo., tomorrow.  The second Caravan is traveling west with visits in Kansas today and tomorrow.

For a full list of Caravan stops, visit royals.com/caravan

Above – Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer, Johnny Giavotella; below – Aaron Crow

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Above, Billy Butler and Johnny Giavotella

Mayberry_Lefebvre_Teaford_HollandJohn Mayberry, Ryan Lefebvre, Everett Teaford, Greg Holland; followed by a group photo

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The votes are in on Election Day: Reliever Greg Holland named 2012 Bruce Rice Royals Pitcher of the Year

The Royals have announced that right-handed reliever Greg Holland has been named the 2012 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year.  The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).

Holland, who will turn 27 on November 20, made 67 appearances for the Royals, finishing 7-4 with a 2.96 ERA, 16 saves and 91 strikeouts in 67.0 innings.  The North Carolina native overcame early season struggles and a stint on the disabled list by posting a 2.08 ERA over his final 60 outings.  He recorded 16 saves in 18 chances after taking over the closer’s role on July 31, including 13 straight conversions from August 1 to September 9.  Holland finished third among American League relievers in strikeouts, trailing teammate Tim Collins (93) and Steve Delabar, who notched 92 with Seattle and Toronto.  The 91 strikeouts rank sixth in single-season franchise history among relievers.  Holland held opponents to two home runs over 67.0 innings for a ratio of 0.27 per nine innings, second-best in the American League among pitchers who threw at least 65.0 innings.  He became the first Kansas City reliever with seven or more wins in a season since 2000.

Yesterday, the Royals announced that shortstop Alcides Escobar won the 2012 Joe Burke Special Achievement award.  Tomorrow, the club will announce the 2012 Les Milgram Player of the Year at noon CT.

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