Derek Holland picked up his first win as a RedHawk Tuesday night, throwing 7 1/3 innings with four hits and no earned runs. He struck out three. Through two starts, Holland’s ERA remains a very slight 0.66.
That’s good news for Holland and the Rangers who are hoping he can get back to the majors this season. And there are others keeping an eye on the 24-year-old lefty. There were a gaggle of scouts who were in town to look at Holland and other players Tuesday night. Scouts at the Brick are nothing new, but you do tend to see more of them when someone like Holland is pitching.
Holland likely won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, unless it’s by trade. But having a first hand look at a guy never hurts for future reference. And it also gives them a chance to look at players who might fall under the organizational depth category for future seasons.
Arias hitting in the big leagues: Joaquin “Big League” Arias has made the most of his stint with the Rangers, and Ian Kinsler’s lingering injury issues. Arias is hitting .476 in 21 at bats. He’s driven in one run. He’s also had several multi hit games. The interesting thing for Arias is what happens to him when Kinsler comes back. He’s made the case to stay, and is out of options.
Arm eaters: The Rangers are off to a decent start to the year, but their pitchers are burning through a lot of pitches this early in the season which could at some point have an impact on the RedHawks. Evan Grant notes this fact in a blog entry on Wednesday. Oklahoma City has Derek Holland, Omar Beltre, Pedro Strop and Brandon McCarthy who could impact the big league club this year.