Oct 29, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcherGreg Holland
throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the 9th inning during game seven of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
RP Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals
Opinions on when to draft relief pitchers probably differ even greater than the debate on when to select starting pitchers.
At Motor City Bengals, we believe besides the top closers in the league, there are very few relief pitchers worth a top 100 pick in 10-team leagues. This is due mostly because, with the exception of the elite closers, teams are constantly changing closers, which makes them available on the waiver wire.
For example, there is at least an outside chance Joe Nathan does not close the entire season for the Detroit Tigers. Therefore, his replacement, Joakim Soria, Bruce Rondon, or whomever, will be a top waiver wire pickup because the Tigers are projected to be in plenty of save situations.
Being able to find closers during the season limits relief pitchers values during drafts.
But, if owners want to feel at ease at the position and at least have one elite closer, Holland is one of the best. He saved 46 games a season ago while posting a 1.44 ERA with a 0.91 WHIP and striking out 90 hitters in 62.1 frames.
Holland is a top-three option at relief pitcher.