Derek Holland and Brandon McCarthy both at some point in their career’s represent hope for the Texas Rangers. For McCarthy it was hope to stabilize the Rangers rotation following the team’s acquisition of him in the winter of 2006. For Holland, 23, it’s the hope he’ll do much the same upon his second promotion to the majors.
Last spring Holland was all the buzz around camp for the Texas Rangers and perhaps that led to his rush to the majors. Holland had pitched just 4 games at the Double-A level and suddenly he was in the majors. Those ingredients led to a 8-13 record a 6.12 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.
Following the acquisition of McCarthy the right hander made 22 starts in 2007. Since then he’s made 22 starts and seems to be in a never ending battle with the disabled list.
While Holland being sent to Triple-A may be a result of needing more time, the move for McCarthy comes across as more of an exit door. The Rangers figure to listen to trade offers for McCarthy from other teams still believing there is value in his right arm.
For Holland the Rangers will listen to their scouts and have the left hander eventually return to the rotation this season. Despite there being no shortage of options in the Rangers rotation, none offer the upside of Holland.