The Yankees made a shocking decision to call up Jonathan Holder today. This comes as shocking news because he will now hold a 40 man roster spot, and the Yankees have a 40 man crunch on their hands. He is not rule 5 eligible, and he will now occupy a spot that could have potentially went to someone else.
While it is surprising that he got a call up because of roster restraints. It is not surprising though because of his numbers. In just his second full season in the Yankee farm system he has reached AAA. Last season he posted a combined ERA of 2.52 over 118 innings, he backed that up with 101 strike outs. He was used mostly as a starting pitcher last season.
This season Holder came out as a reliever and he has been absolutely DOMINANT. He possesses a combined 1.65 ERA over 65 innings and striking out 101. Holder had an outing on August 28th in which he pitched 4 innings and struck out all 12.
Holders scouting report says that he has a mid 90’s fastball, and it works great together with his sharp breaking ball. He keeps batters off balance with his curveball and freezes batters at the plate with it. Both pitches are major league pitches.
With this move the Yankees have really looked to bolster their middle relief in efforts to make the playoffs this season, below is the post that confirmed Holder’s call up.