Texas Rangers Prospects: Derek Holland and Zach Phillips

Derek Holland. The 2006 25th round draft-and-follow signee snuck up on a lot of people last season, even himself. Holland himself can not explain how he gained 5 mph on his fastball during the season. A lot of pitchers will experience a dip in velocity in their first full years as a professional as the long season wears them down, but Holland got stronger. At the end of the season in the Texas League playoffs, Holland allowed only 1 run over 20.2 innings (0.44 ERA) across 3 starts. He won't be sneaking up on anyone this year. He'll start the year in the Oklahoma City rotation, but he could be in Arlington sooner rather than later. Zach Phillips. Another left-handed draft-and-follow pitcher, Phillips struggled in his first full season assignment despite a wonderful short-season debut. In his second attempt at the Midwest League, Phillips stood out as one of the best pitchers. 2008 was another let down year, but if the pattern holds, Phillips could be primed to re-breakout.
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