Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez, right, congratulates relief pitcher Greg Holland (56) after a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. The Royals defeated the Twins 6-4. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas City, MO (November 6, 2012) – The Kansas City Royals have announced that right-handed reliever Greg Holland has been named the 2012 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year. The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).
Holland, who will turn 27 on November 20, made 67 appearances for the Royals, finishing 7-4 with a 2.96 ERA, 16 saves and 91 strikeouts in 67.0 innings. The North Carolina native overcame early season struggles and a stint on the disabled list by posting a 2.08 ERA over his final 60 outings. He recorded 16 saves in 18 chances after taking over the closer’s role on July 31, including 13 straight conversions from August 1 to September 9. Holland finished third among American League relievers in strikeouts, trailing teammate Tim Collins (93) and Steve Delabar, who notched 92 with Seattle and Toronto. The 91 strikeouts rank sixth in single-season franchise history among relievers. Holland held opponents to two home runs over 67.0 innings for a ratio of 0.27 per nine innings, second-best in the American League among pitchers who threw at least 65.0 innings. He became the first Kansas City reliever with seven or more wins in a season since 2000.
Yesterday, the Royals announced that shortstop Alcides Escobar won the 2012 Joe Burke Special Achievement award. Tomorrow, the club will announce the 2012 Les Milgram Player of the Year at noon CT.