Tag: Greg Holland

Ex-Chukar Holland chosesn as All-Star replacement

Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland (2007 Chukar) was named a replacement Sunday for the MLB All-Star Game.

Holland and Baltimore pitcher Chris Tillman were selected as replacements for Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander and Seattle pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, who both started Sunday. Under baseball’s labor contract, pitchers who start the Sunday before the All-Star game may opt out of the All-Star Game.

Holland’s selection gives the Chukars two alums in the All-Star Game. Catcher Salvador Perez (2008-09 Chukar) previously earned a spot as a reserve.

His selection, along with Perez’s and Alex Gordon’s, also gives the Royals three representatives on the American League roster for the first time since 1988.

More substitutions are expected later today.

Holland snubbed from All-Star Game; July 14 ex-Chukar update

Of all the snubs on the American League’s All-Star roster, Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland (2007 Chukar) could be the largest.

The 27-year-old’s season has arguably been the best for closers in baseball. He’s converted 22 of 24 saves, owns a 1.80 ERA and leads all of baseball with an average of 15.43 strikeouts per nine innings. And in advanced metrics, he leads all Major League relievers with a 1.32 FIP, a metric that measures what a pitcher’s ERA would have been assuming a league average defense.

He’s been even better lately.

Since blowing his last save May 6, Holland has converted 15 straight saves. He’s posted a 0.78 ERA, walked four and struck out 41 in that 23-inning stretch. But Holland isn’t taking the snub too hard.

“It just didn’t happen,” he told the Kansas City Star. “There were a lot of guys who didn’t make it who were deserving too. So you’ve just got to move on.

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Ex-Chukar Perez named AL All-Star

Former Idaho Falls Chukars and current Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez jokes around during warmups before a game June 27 in Minneapolis. Genevive Ross / Associated Press file

Former Idaho Falls Chukars standout and current Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez will join teammate Alex Gordon at Citi Field in New York for the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star game.

The last time Kansas City sent two players was in 2003, when relief pitcher Mike MacDougal and first baseman Mike Sweeney were selected for the American League squad.

Two former Idaho Falls players competed in the 2012 Summer Classic including Billy Buter (2004 Chukars) and Jake Peavy (1999 Idaho Falls Braves).

“Two very deserving guys, and two home-grown guys,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “When you have two, it’s not your obligatory one pick anymore, and both of these guys were voted on by their peers, which is special.” Continue reading “Ex-Chukar Perez named AL All-Star”

Ex-Chukar update, July 7

Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler (2004 Chukar) tied Bo Jackson with the 10th most home runs in Royals history June 28. The homer against the Minnesota Twins was the 109th of Butler’s career with the Royals, tying him with Jackson in the club’s history.

…First baseman Eric Hosmer (2008 Chukar) earned the Kansas City Royals’ player of the month award for June. After hitting one home run the first two months of the season, Hosmer jacked six homers in June while hitting .303 and driving in 17 runs. He is hitting .359 in the seventh inning or later, third best in the American League. Continue reading “Ex-Chukar update, July 7”

Ex-Chukar links and notes, Opening Day

Last year, I started an ex-Chukars update on the Sunday Chukars Extra page. But I don’t wait until Sunday to scour for all the latest news. I’ve set up a Google Reader account with loads of sources and write up a running notebook over the week. Most of that never makes the Sunday page.

So since we have this site back, and I figure you’re interested in keeping up with all the latest ex-Chukar news, here’s my first installment. It won’t always be titled “Ex-Chukars links and notes.” But by clicking on the “Ex-Chukars” category in the left-handed menu or a the bottom of the post, you’ll be able to find all the ex-Chukar news.

Let me know what you think of the new feature.

• On the big-league club, Blake Wood (2006 Chukar) tossed a scoreless seventh inning last night to improve to 3-0 and lower his ERA to 2.43. The Royals’ team website has a feature on his mechanical adjustments. Wood and RHP Greg Holland (2007) are part of a three-man rotation for the setup role, the Kansas City Star reports.

• Kansas City starting pitcher Danny Duffy (2010) struck out nine straight in 3.2 innings for the Royals before a calf cramp forced him out of the game. The St. Louis Cardinals did score two runs on three hits and a walk in the first inning.

• 1B and fan favorite Murray Watts (2010) showed up on the opening day roster of the rookie-level Burlington Royals. Burlington is considered a half step below Idaho Falls, where he was a Pioneer League all-star after hitting .279/.389/.506 last season. But the big first baseman struggled in his promotion to Low-A Kane County, hitting .211/.354/.289 in 35 games this spring.

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Moose promoted to K.C.

With the Royals calling up third baseman Mike Moustakas (2007 Chukar) to the big leagues, that makes seven ex-Chukars on the MLB roster.

The seven includes: Moustakas, first baseman/designated hitter Billy Butler (2004 Chukar), first baseman Eric Hosmer (2008), left-handed starting pitcher Danny Duffy (2010), right-handed reliever Blake Wood (2006) and Greg Holland (2007), and left-handed reliever Everett Teaford (2006).

Another ex-Chukar joins Royals

The revolving door on the Kansas City Royals roster continues to benefit former Idaho Falls Chukars as the club called up right-handed reliever Greg Holland on Thursday.

This is the second trip to the majors for Holland, who made his professional debut in Idaho Falls as a closer in 2007. Holland, 25, threw 182/3 innings last summer with the Royals and posted a 6.75 ERA and 23 strikeouts.

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Former Chukars inch closer to bigs

While Major League Baseball’s opening day was a full week ago, opening day for the full-season minor league clubs kicks off today around the country. And it kicks off with ex-Chukars dotting the rosters of the Royals’ affiliates.

In Triple-A, eight ex-Chukars are on the 24-man roster. In AA, it’s more than half, as 15 of the 26 players played in Idaho Falls. And in A-ball, it’s 11 of 28 in High-A and 12 of 25 in Low-A.

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