Jan. 14, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UCSB freshman pitcher Mario Hollands was recently ranked the No. 5 prospect on the Alaska League summer list. Hollands, who turned 19 years old in August, came off a freshmen redshirt campaign with the Gauchos last year to pitch brilliantly over the summer for the Peninsula Oilers.
Hollands went 3-1 in seven starts with a 3.47 ERA for the Oilers. In 33.1 innings pitched, Hollands allowed a mere 22 hits, while striking out 25, surrendering only 13 walks.
Hollands' motion and build (6-4, 195 lbs.) draw comparisons to that of a Major League All-Star.
"He evokes inevitable comparisons to Dontrelle Willis (pitcher for the Detroit Tigers) as a black southpaw with a deceptive delivery, though it's not as exaggerated as Willis'" said John Manuel, one of the leading experts as a writer, radio commentator and television analyst at Baseball America for the past 11 years. Manuel stated that Hollands also had "one of its (The Alaskan Summer League) best arms." His delivery and tall, lanky frame provided him with the necessary tools to fool hitters. With a fastball in the upper 80s to low 90s, a slider, and a changeup in the wings, Hollands' repertoire is nasty.
UCSB Head Coach Bob Brontsema thinks highly of Hollands as well. "Mario has great potential that we think he will display over the course of this year and beyond. We anticipate him being a big part of our success. He, along with a handful of our young players, make the future very bright for UCSB baseball," Brontsema said.
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