Jonathan Holder
Jonathan Holder
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Yankees
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Normally, a 3.14 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with 60 punchouts in 66 innings would warrant a high-leverage role, but when you wear pinstripes, it means working in lower-leverage scenarios 72% of the time. Holder still managed to chalk up seven holds. The 25-year-old right-hander throws three plus pitches: a 93-mph fastball, changeup and newly introduced slider. Holder isn't overpowering but manages to miss ample bats with a career 11.4% swinging-strike rate yielding a 21.9 K%, acceptable but not dominating. He has a chance to earn a higher-leverage role in the Yankees' revamped bullpen, but beware, last season he allowed only four homers, quite low for a hurler sporting a low 29.3% groundball rate, especially for one working about half the time in Yankee Stadium. An ERA correction could be in store, though likely not to the 4.63 xFIP recorded last year. Read Past Outlooks
Set to open Monday
PNew York Yankees
September 24, 2018
Holder will serve as the starting pitcher for Monday's game against the Rays.
The Yankees are set to treat Monday's series opener as a bullpen game, with Holder likely pitching one or two innings before exiting. The right-hander owns a 2.97 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 58:16 K:BB through 63.2 innings of relief this season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
Even Split
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .242 176 40 11 39 7 0 4
Since 2016vs Right .242 303 65 20 67 17 1 6
2018vs Left .212 126 29 7 25 6 0 2
2018vs Right .215 146 31 12 28 8 0 2
2017vs Left .361 42 10 4 13 0 0 2
2017vs Right .260 129 30 4 32 8 1 3
2016vs Left .143 8 1 0 1 1 0 0
2016vs Right .292 28 4 4 7 1 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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ERA at Home
Since 2016Home 3.41 1.09 60.2 1 1 0 7.3 2.1 0.9
Since 2016Away 3.74 1.34 53.0 1 3 0 9.5 2.9 0.7
2018Home 2.37 0.92 38.0 1 1 0 7.8 2.1 0.2
2018Away 4.18 1.32 28.0 0 2 0 8.7 3.2 1.0
2017Home 5.40 1.36 18.1 0 0 0 6.9 1.5 2.0
2017Away 2.57 1.33 21.0 1 1 0 11.1 2.1 0.4
2016Home 4.15 1.38 4.1 0 0 0 4.2 4.2 2.1
2016Away 6.75 1.50 4.0 0 0 0 6.8 4.5 0.0
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How does Jonathan Holder compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Holder had just one appearance above the High-A level before 2016, but he shot up through the organizational ranks so quickly that he made the Opening Day roster out of the bullpen in 2017. The righty continued to flash the impressive command that helped propel his stock so quickly, maintaining 9.2 K/9 versus just 1.8 BB/9 over 39.1 innings in the big leagues. The 24-year-old was also able to mostly overcome a high BABIP of .361 to post a respectable 3.89 ERA. Despite the solid peripheral numbers, the righty spent most of the second-half of the season in the minors and was left off the club's postseason roster, so a spot in the Opening Day bullpen again is not assured. Still, Holder figures to get a real chance in spring training and could gather the occasional hold if he does stick around in the majors.
Holder shot all the way up through the organizational ranks in 2016, making stops at High-A, Double-A, and Triple-A before earning a September callup. Though he had just one appearance above High-A before this year, he compiled a combined 1.65 ERA with 101 strikeouts against just seven walks in 65.1 innings across the three minor league levels and continued to get better at each progressive stop until reaching the majors. His terrific K:BB obviously demonstrates impressive command, but Holder doesn't have particularly overpowering stuff and was not previously projected as one of the team's most highly-touted prospects, so it's possible there will be some regression next year. Though the righty struggled some in September in the majors, his stellar minor league season and placement on the 40-man roster will likely put him in prime position to win a bullpen spot in spring training.
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Recalled prior to Saturday's game
PNew York Yankees
April 21, 2018
Holder was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, Bryan Hoch of reports.
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Optioned to Triple-A
PNew York Yankees
April 7, 2018
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In line for bullpen gig
PNew York Yankees
March 25, 2018
Holder appears to have secured a spot on the Yankees' Opening Day roster, Bryan Hoch of reports.
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Called up Saturday
PNew York Yankees
September 16, 2017
Holder was called up by the Yankees prior to the Saturday's game against Baltimore.
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Sent down to Triple-A
PNew York Yankees
July 31, 2017
Holder was optioned to Triple-A Scranton after Monday night's game, Pete Caldera of The Record reports.
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