EmbraceDerekHolland

Feliz out, Holland in.

“Yo MDS, it’s time for the fantasy community to embrace me.”

You may safely drop the 2% owned Mark Lowe. Neftali Feliz has been named the Closer for Texas and the rotation now consists of: C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison, Tommy Hunter and Derek Holland. You can ignore Harrison and Hunter, but Holland should be on your radar. The Dutch Oven generates above-average Strikeout numbers (7.64 K/9 as a MLB SP, 8.68 in ’10). He gets plenty of Swinging-Strikes using his Slider and Changeup. If he can hand out less free passes and continue to limit Line Drives, Holland will be worthy of standard 12-team leagues. With a 281 ADP at MockDraftCentral, Holland has the potential to produce substantial profits. He missed a good chunk of 2010 (80 days) because of shoulder inflammation (rotator cuff) so this projection is playing it safe with the Innings Pitched. 2010 Projection: 156-1.31-3.95-12 (180 IP)

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