Game Changer: Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals All-Star Pitcher
Updated: Friday, February 21 2014, 07:54 AM EST
Greg Holland learned to be tough at a young age.
San Francisco Giants scout, Donnie Suttles says, "He broke his jaw in high school. He came back to be a part of that game with his jaw wired shut."
Holland has taken that perseverance all the way from McDowell High School to Western Carolina University and now to the Big Leagues.
Greg Holland says, "I got a lot of opportunities and kind of just had to keep working at it. I'm very fortunate to be where I'm at now. That's something I try to remind myself day-in and day-out."
Holland had a breakout season in 2013. He set the single season franchise record with 47 saves for the Kansas City Royals. He also made his first appearance in the Major League Baseball All-Star game.
Greg Holland says, "It means a lot. A lot of work goes into it. Not just from me but from my coaches and teammates making plays defensively. My coaches have been teaching me since high school, helping me get better each and every day."
Greg actually wanted to be a basketball player when he was younger, but he never had that big growth spurt. It's safe to say that baseball is working out just fine for him.
Greg says, "Playing professionally, you don't realize the grind that a full baseball season can be. Sometimes you wake up and remember that you're playing a game for a living."
Greg spent nearly an hour signing autographs and warming up with young baseball players at the NC Pro Player Clinic Monday at the Batter's Eye in Hendersonville. A true class act who has an extremely bright future in the Major Leagues.