Jonathan Blake Holder...On Twitter: @Jholder14....Is married to Nicole...Couple welcomed first child, son, Hudson, in 2021....In January 2018, hosted a youth baseball clinic in Biloxi, Miss., with other professional and collegiate baseball players, with proceeds benefiting local youth undergoing cancer treatment....Played three seasons for Mississippi State University, owning a 1.59 ERA in 91 relief appearances...Set school’s career (37) and single-season (21) saves records...Named a 2013 consensus All-American and earned 2012 consensus Freshman All-America honors....Graduated from Gulfport (Miss.) High School in 2011, where he lettered three times as a pitcher and first baseman...Honor roll student and member of the GHS Key Club.
Spent majority of year on injured list with Triple-A Iowa...First two appearances came on rehab assignment with ACL Cubs (July 25 & July 30)... Rejoined Iowa on Aug. 4 and made first appearance Aug. 5 vs. Toledo... Totaled 14 relief appearances across final two months of season, compiling 19 strikeouts in 18.0 innings.
After signing a one-year major league contract with the Cubs for the 2021 season, Jonathan missed a majority of the season after being placed on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder on March 29... Pitched 2.0 innings between two rehab appearances (one start) with Triple-A Iowa and the ACL Cubs.
In his final season with the Yankees, Jonathan was 3-0 with a 4.98 ERA (12 ER/21.2 IP) in 18 relief appearances...walked 11, struck out 14 and held the opponent scoreless in 12 outings...Posted a 0.90 ERA (1 ER/10.1 IP) in eight games from August 20-September 13, contributing to a 2.08 season ERA at the time...surrendered eight runs in his final three outings (4.1 IP)…Held right-handed batters to a .224 average (11-for-49) with a .296 OBP...left-handed hitters posted a .350 average (14-for-40) with a .426 OBP.
Went 5-2 with a 6.31 ERA (41.1IP, 29ER) in 34 games (one start) over three stints with the Yankees (3/28-6/24, 7/22-23, 7/31-9/29)..allowed at least 1R in 15 of his 34 games with the Yankees..tossed at least 2.0 innings in nine of his 34 appearances...Earned his first win of the season on 4/22 at Los Angeles-AL after tossing 2.0 scoreless innings (1IBB, 3K)...Did not allow a run or extra-base hit over a seven-appearance stretch from 4/22-5/7 (8.0IP), his first consecutive scoreless outings of the season..had allowed at least 1R in six of his first seven appearances of the season immediately prior to the stretch, including 6XBH over the span (4 doubles, 2HR)...Allowed 5H, 5ER and 2HR-including a grand slam-without retiring a batter on 6/24 vs. Toronto and was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following the game..matched career highs in hits and home runs allowed..posted a 21.94 ERA (5.1IP, 13ER) with 6HR over his final six appearances before being optioned (6/8-24)...Made his second career start on 8/6 at Baltimore (also 9/24/18 at Tampa Bay), allowing 2ER in 2.2IP...Was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation on 8/10 (retroactive to 8/7)..was transferred to the 60-day I.L. on 9/15, missing the remainder of the season...Went 1-1 with two saves, a 2.92 ERA (12.1IP, 4ER) and 15K in nine relief appearances w/ the RailRiders...Went 1-0 with a 0.79 ERA (11.1IP, 1ER) in 10 spring training appearances (one start), the lowest ERA among Yankees pitchers with at least 10.0IP.
Was 1-3 with a 3.14 ERA (66.0IP, 23ER) with 60K in 60 appearances (one start) over two stints with the Yankees (3/29-4/6 and 4/21-9/30)…opponents batted .214 (53-for-248, 4HR); LH .212 (25-for-118, 2HR), RH .215 (28-for-130, 2HR)…allowed 10-of-29 inherited runners to score (34.5%)…retired 43-of-59 first batters faced in relief (72.9%)...Allowed a 14th-inning grand slam to Álvarez on 4/6 vs. Baltimore to record the loss (2.0IP, 2H, 4R/3ER, 1BB, 2K)...Did not allow an earned run over 23 relief appearances from 4/21-6/27, the AL's second-longest such streak of the season, and tied for third-longest in the Majors…was the second-longest streak by a Yankee since 2012 (Betances, 27G from 9/23/14-6/2/15)…retired 83-of-97 batters over the span (27.2IP, 10H, 3R/0ER, 3BB/1IBB, 26K, 1HP)...In his first 35 appearances after being recalled (4/21-8/1), posted a 0.88 ERA (41.0IP, 7R/4ER), holding opponents without an earned run 31 times…had the Majors' lowest ERA and third-lowest WHIP (0.73, 24H, 6BB) over the span (min. 25.0IP)...Had a career-long 10.2-inning scoreless streak over eight appearances from 6/8-27…the streak was snapped in 6/30 loss vs. Boston (1.0IP, 2H, 1ER)...Allowed 5H and 7ER (1BB, 1HR) without retiring a batter in the fourth inning to suffer the loss on 8/2 at Boston...Made the first start of his Major League career in 9/24 win at Tampa Bay, tossing a scoreless first (1.0IP, 2BB, 1K)…came after making his first 102 Major League appearances as a reliever…Elias confirmed the 102 relief outings were the most before a pitcher's first career start in Yankees history…prior to Holder, Pete Mikkelsen held the club record with 69 relief appearances before his first start on 7/8/65 at Detroit…also, Brian Bruney made his lone career start on 4/9/08 at Kansas City after 157 relief appearances with Arizona (77) and the Yankees (80)...Made his postseason debut in ALDS Game 3 loss vs. Boston, allowing 1ER in 2.0IP (2H, 1BB, 1K)…was his only playoff appearance...Made four appearances (one start) with Scranton/WB, going 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA (6.0IP, 5H, 2ER, 1BB, 8K, 1HR).
Was 1-1 with a 3.89 ERA (39.1IP, 17ER) in 37 relief appearances over four stints with the Yankees (4/2-6/27, 7/8-16, 7/31 and 9/16-10/1)…opponents batted .283 (45-for-159, 5HR); LH .361 (13-for-36, 2HR), RH .260 (32-for-123, 3HR)…allowed 9-of-15 inherited runners to score (60.0%)…retired 25-of-37 ﬁrst batters faced (67.6%)... Made his ﬁrst career Opening Day roster... Earned his ﬁrst Major League win on 5/5 at Chicago-NL (1.0IP, 1H, 1K)... Set a career-high with 3.0 scoreless innings (also 3.0IP on 7/15 at Boston) in the Yankees' 18-inning win on 5/7 at Chicago-NL (1H, 1BB, 3K)... In 12 regular season relief appearances with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, had one save and posted a 1.69 ERA (16.0IP, 3ER) with 21K…in three postseason relief appearances with the RailRiders, posted a 3.60 ERA (5.0IP, 3H, 2ER, 1HR, 2BB) and a team-leading 12K.
Posted a 5.40 ERA (8.1IP, 5ER) over eight relief appearances in his only stint with the Yankees (9/2-10/2)…retired 7-of-8 first batters faced…allowed 1-of-6 inherited runners to score. Made his Major League debut in 9/2 loss at Baltimore, tossing a perfect sixth inning (1.0IP, 1K)…struck out his first batter faced (Adam Jones, swinging)…was signed to a Major League contract and selected to the active roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to the game. Spent the majority of the season in the minors with Single-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 5-1 with 16 saves, a 1.65 ERA (65.1IP, 12ER), 101K and just 7BB in 42 relief appearances…ranked second among Yankees farmhands in saves…began the season with Tampa, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings (2G, 2H, 0BB, 7K)…was promoted to Trenton on 4/11, going 3-1 with 10 saves, a 2.20 ERA (41.0IP, 10ER) and 59K in 28 relief outings. Led all minor league pitchers (min. 60.0IP) with a 42.4% strikeout rate (101K/238BF) and ranked third with a 13.91 K/9.0IP ratio (101K/65.1IP)…led full-season minor league pitchers (min. 60.0IP) with a 14.43 K/BB ratio (101K/7BB). Was transferred to Scranton/WB on 7/21 and went 2-0 with six saves, a 0.89 ERA (20.1IP, 2ER), 0BB and 35K in 12 appearances out of the bullpen for the RailRiders…was named the International League's "Pitcher of the Week" from 8/22-28 (6.0IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 16K)…on 8/28 at Rochester, struck out 12 of his 13 batters faced, including his first 11 straight before allowing a single to former Yankee John Ryan Murphy (4.0IP, 1H)…earned the save in the game, which clinched a postseason berth for the RailRiders.
Combined with Single-A Tampa, the GCL Yankees 2 and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to go 7-6 with a 2.52 ERA (118.0IP, 33ER) and 90K in 23 games (21 starts)…recorded the fourth-lowest ERA among all Yankees farmhands…allowed 2ER-or-fewer in 19 of his 21 starts…opponents batted .226 (101-for-447)... Spent the majority of the season with Tampa, going 7-5 with a 2.44 ERA (103.1IP, 28ER) in 19 games (18 starts)…was named a FSL Mid-Season All-Star…tied for Tampa's team lead in wins.
Made his professional debut, combining with the GCL Yankees 2 and short-season Single-A Staten Island to go 2-3 with a 3.96 ERA (36.1IP, 16ER) and 34K in 12 games (eight starts)... Began his season with the GCL Yankees 2, going 1-1 with a 12.27 ERA (3.2IP, 5ER) in two games (one start)... Was transferred to Staten Island on 6/30 and went 1-2 with a 3.03 ERA (32.2IP, 11ER) in 10 games (seven starts).