Derek Lane Holland (born October 9, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball(MLB). He previously played for the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox.
Derek Holland, aka “The Dutch Oven”, grew up in Newark, Ohio and graduated from Newark High School in 2005. While at Newark High, he earned two varsity letters. After graduation he attended Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama. While at Wallace, he pitched in the Junior College World Series.
In May 2007, Derek signed with the Texas Rangers, after being drafted in the 2006 amateur draft. He quickly rose through the team ranks. He has pitched in two American League Championships and two World Series. In 2013, he signed a 5-year contract with the Rangers.
Derek Holland, aka "The Dutch Oven",
grew up in Newark, Ohio.
"The Dutch Oven"
In spite of his meteoric rise to fame and success, Derek has never forgotten his roots in Newark. He visits as his schedule permits. And, when in Newark, he has conducted pitching clinics for young athletes in addition to donating equipment to the Newark High Athletic Department. In February 2013, Derek was inducted into the Newark High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
By the way, Derek’s nickname “The Dutch Oven” is said to have come about as follows. First, it’s a play on Derek’s last name. Americans call people from Holland “Dutch” So he’s called Dutch. Second, a Dutch oven is a cooking utensil, and when Derek’s really “hot” or “cooking” sports announcers started calling him the Dutch Oven.
You can follow Derek on Twitter: @Dutch_Oven45