San Francisco Giants Biggest Surprises in 2018
Another Derek (although spelled differently) was a huge surprise for the San Francisco Giants in 2018.
After a disappointing year with the Chicago White Sox in 2017 in which he posted a 6.20 ERA in 135 innings pitched, the Giants were able to sign Holland to a minor league deal this past offseason.
The talented left-handed pitcher has had success in the past, and the Giants were hoping to find a bounce-back candidate.
That was certainly the case for the former 25th round draft pick as he posted a 3.57 ERA in 171.1 innings pitched with 169 strikeouts.
He pitched in 36 games and was able to make 30 huge starts for a Giants starting rotation that was devastated by injuries.
It was the second-best season of his career, and his best since the 2013 season when he had a 3.42 ERA in 213 innings pitched with 189 strikeouts.
The Giants ended up paying him just $1.75 million for his services in 2018, and I would say he was worth every penny.
The big season may turn into a solid contract for Holland this offseason; although we hope he finds his way back to San Francisco as we could use him at the back-end of our rotation in 2019.