In 2019, Holland’s curveball averaged 77.4 mph, getting average drop but only 4.8 inches of break – a number 48% less than the major-league average. The pitch finished with just a .114 batting average against it, and just a .250 SLG mark.
Holland relied on his four-seamer 47.2% of the time in 2019, with the pitch sitting at an average of 91.6 mph. Finishing with a .245 batting average against it and just a 7.8% K rate, Holland gets slightly less than average drop on his heater but over 100% less break than the average four-seamer.
Holland’s slider is losing velocity (down nearly 2 mph from 2018) and as he enters his age 34 season you have to worry about what he has left to offer. His slider now has a 0.66 wSL/c compared to 2.80 in 2017. Yikes.
Holland’s slider continues to be his primary strikeout pitch. He amassed a 34% K rate and an outstanding 21% swinging-strike rate with this 86 mph offering. He also did not allow a home run with the pitch while generating a 47% ground-ball rate.
This 94 mph fastball was a below-average pitch for Holland in 2018. He walked more than he struck out, allowed a lot of hard contact on the pitch, and had trouble missing bats—amassing only a 6% swinging-strike rate.
Holland threw 91 curveballs on the season and generated a 26% K rate and 11% swinging-strike rate. He did have trouble throwing strikes with the curveball, which is why this pitch is his third option.