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  Blake Holler
Blake Holler

Player Profile
Hometown:
Terre Haute, IN

High School:
Terre Haute North Vigo HS

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 180

Position:
LHP

Experience:
2004-06

Bats/Throws:
L/L

Getting To Know Blake Holler
Features: A Series Of Adjustments (March 4, 2005) Quick Learning Curve (March 27, 2004)


General: Has been one of the team's top pitchers in the last couple of years, primarily out of the bullpen and as an occasional starter • Looking for a breakout season in 2006 and could once again be used in just about any role on the mound, including as a member of the regular rotation • Has good stuff with a fastball that moves and gets up to 88-91 miles per hour, to go with a nice changeup and good curve ball that is especially tough on lefthanded hitters • Has the potential to be very good as he continues to become more consistent • A talented pitcher with a very high ceiling.

Cardinal Career: Updated Career Stats • Has an 11-5 record and three saves with a 4.68 ERA • Has struck out 117 batters in 132.1 innings of work, appearing in 54 games with 11 starts and combining on one shutout • Named Stanford's Most Valuable Freshman as a rookie in 2004.

As A Junior In 2006: Pitched a scorless inning of relief with two strikeouts in his most recent outing at UCLA (5/19) but has not pitched in nine games since • Recorded a no-decision in his lone start of the season at Sacramento State (5/10, 2.1, 6-4-4-1-1) • Has pitched just three times in the team's last 25 games after pitching in three of the previous four (4/18 vs. Sacramento, 4/22 at Arizona, 4/23 at Arizona) from April 18-23 • Did not pitch for over five weeks after allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk in just 2.0 innings at USC (3/11) • Has allowed a .389 opponents' batting average • Third on Stanford's active career win list with 11.

2006 Individual Game NotesGame-By-Game Stats

As A Sophomore In 2005: Ranked second on the club in victories with a 6-3 record and posted a 3.48 ERA that was third, while recording one save • Tied for second on the team with 22 appearances (one start) • Struck out 51 batters in 54.1 innings pitched to rank fourth on the staff with an average of 8.45 strikeouts per nine innings • Posted 9.0 consecutive innings of scoreless relief work in five outings from March 6 - April 3 • Allowed just one earned run in an 11.1 inning stretch over five outings from May 3-21 • Had a 2-3 record and a 3.90 ERA in a team-high 12 Pac-10 outings (one start), striking out 27 in 27.2 innings • A Second Team Pac-10 All-Academic pick.

2005 Individual Game NotesGame-By-Game Stats
6/5 vs. Texas-San Antonio (Regional) - ND, 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB • *5/29 at USC - ND, 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO ... Only start of year • 5/22 vs. Arizona - L, 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO • 5/21 vs. Arizona - ND, 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB • 5/15 vs. UCLA - ND, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 5 SO ... career-high-tying strikeouts • 5/9 at California - ND, 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 SO • 5/7 at California - ND, 0.0 IP, 1 H • 5/3 at Nevada - ND, 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 SO ... combined on a shutout • 4/24 vs. Washington - SV, 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 SO ... Only save of season • 4/16 at Arizona State - L, 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO • 4/10 vs. Oregon State - W, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 SO • 4/9 vs. Oregon State (Game 1) - L, 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO ... first loss of season • 4/3 at Washington State - W, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 SO • 4/2 at Washington State - ND, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 SO • 3/29 vs. Pacific - ND, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 4 SO • 3/26 at Sacramento State - ND, 0.2 IP ... recorded the final two outs in an 8-2 win • 3/6 vs. California (Game 1) - W, 2.0 IP, 1 SO ... retired all six batters he faced ... second win in as many outings • 2/26 vs. USC - W, 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 SO • 2/19 at Texas - ND, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO • 2/13 vs. Kansas - ND, 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 H, 3 SO • 2/6 at Cal State Fullerton - W, 3.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 SO ... career-high-tying strikeouts • 1/30 vs. Fresno State (Game 2) - W, 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO ... career-high-tying strikeouts (*starts)

As A Freshman In 2004: Had an excellent freshman campaign to earn the team's Most Valuable Freshman award, posting a 4-2 record and adding two saves with a 4.34 ERA, while striking out 49 batters in 58.0 innings over a team co-leading 22 appearances and nine starts • Led all of Stanford's freshman pitchers in appearances, starts, saves, innings pitched and strikeouts • Had a tremendous early portion of the season by earning saves in his first two outings and wins in his next two • Made eight of his nine starts during a stretch of just under two months from February 22 - March 18 • Tossed 8.0 consecutive scoreless innings in four appearances from April 23 - May 4.

2004 Individual Game NotesGame-By-Game Stats
6/5 vs. Texas-San Antonio (Regional) - ND, 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB • *5/29 at USC - ND, 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO ... Only start of year • 5/22 vs. Arizona - L, 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO • 5/21 vs. Arizona - ND, 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB • 5/15 vs. UCLA - ND, 2.2 IP, 1 H, 5 SO ... career-high-tying strikeouts • 5/9 at California - ND, 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 SO • 5/7 at California - ND, 0.0 IP, 1 H • 5/3 at Nevada - ND, 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 SO ... combined on a shutout • 4/24 vs. Washington - SV, 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 SO ... Only save of season • 4/16 at Arizona State - L, 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO • 4/10 vs. Oregon State - W, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 SO • 4/9 vs. Oregon State (Game 1) - L, 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO ... first loss of season • 4/3 at Washington State - W, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 SO • 4/2 at Washington State - ND, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 SO • 3/29 vs. Pacific - ND, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 4 SO • 3/26 at Sacramento State - ND, 0.2 IP ... recorded the final two outs in an 8-2 win • 3/6 vs. California (Game 1) - W, 2.0 IP, 1 SO ... retired all six batters he faced ... second win in as many outings • 2/26 vs. USC - W, 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 SO • 2/19 at Texas - ND, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO • 2/13 vs. Kansas - ND, 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 H, 3 SO • 2/6 at Cal State Fullerton - W, 3.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 SO ... career-high-tying strikeouts • 1/30 vs. Fresno State (Game 2) - W, 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO ... career-high-tying strikeouts (*starts)

High School: A 2003 graduate of Terre Haute North Vigo High School • Selected to the Southern All-State squad as a senior in 2003 and two times to the All-Vigo County squad (2002, '03) • Named his team's Freshman of the Year in 2000 and its Gold Medal Award winner in 2003 • Posted a 7-3 record with a 1.60 ERA, 102 strikeouts and 24 walks in 61.0 innings as a senior as opponents hit just .191 against him • Also hit .454 with 22 RBI to go with an .885 slugging percentage and a .580 on-base percentage in his senior campaign • Led his team to the 2003 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference title as his squad was among the Top 10 in the state of Indiana in each of his final two seasons • Played six different positions as a prep, including pitcher, first base, designated hitter and all three outfield spots • Graduated with a 3.812 GPA • A member of the National Honor Society and Fraternity of Highest Excellence • Coached by Shawn Turner.

Other Amateur Baseball: Pitched for Yarmouth-Dennis of the Cape Cod Baseball League for the second consecutive summer in 2005, striking out 19 in just 13.0 innings over 10 outings (one start) • Posted a 1-1 record and recorded one save with a 3.79 ERA while pitching primarily in relief (15 appearances, two starts) for Yarmouth-Dennis in 2004, helping the Red Sox to the CCBL title, allowing just 14 hits and striking out 16 in 19.0 innings of work • Played for the 2003 USA Baseball Junior Pan Am squad as Team USA recorded a silver medal finish • Also played for the 2003 Wayne Newton Post 346 team that won the American Legion state crown for Indiana and the 2001 Indiana Bulls, winners of the National Amateur Baseball Federation title.

MLB First-Year Player Draft: Selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 13th round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft.


Born:
Parents: Jess and Cindy Holler
Major: Political Science
Career Aspirations: Considering a career as a lawyer
I would describe myself as a person that is: Fun, competitive, compassionate and determined
What people don't know about me is: I have a soft spot for those who have nothing yet remain virtuous and strong in life
The reason that I love baseball is: There is something just right to me about holding a baseball in my hand
Favorite Pre-Game Rituals: Saying a prayer and looking at his atlas
Hoops History: Great uncle, Jim Deakyne, played for the 1953 Indiana men's basketball national championship team
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned: How to manage working hard on and off the field while becoming a better person
Favorite Pro Sports Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Pro Sports Athlete: Nolan Ryan
The person I admire most is: My father
If I could spend one day with anyone it would be: Jesus
One moment in history I wish I could have seen is: Jesus performing miracles
If I were not playing baseball, I would be:

Studying pre-med

My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be: Throwing a no-hitter in the Major Leagues
The things that set Stanford Baseball apart from other collegiate baseball programs are: The dedication to working harder on the field as well as working harder in the classroom and graduating earlier than other students
I would like to be remembered at Stanford for:

Helping the program win a national title

Staying Busy:

When Blake wasn't playing baseball during the summer of 2005, he was a camp counselor at Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox Field (home of his team in the Cape Cod Baseball League)

Advice To Youngsters: Work hard in everything you choose to do
The one thing I would change about college baseball would be to: Change to wooden bats
What makes Sunken Diamond so special is: It's the best place in America to watch a college baseball game
Most Prized Possession: A signed Nolan Ryan book
Earliest Baseball Memory:

Hitting a home run into the back of a pickup truck when he was five years old

Did You Know: Blake's hometown is where Larry Bird played his collegiate basketball and led Indiana State to the NCAA championship game in 1979

Last Updated: June 11, 2006

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