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Brock Wyatt Holt

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Infielder Brock Holt reached the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012.

Holt attended Rice University for one year, hitting .348 in his lone season for the Owls. He was then selected by the Pirates in the ninth round of the 2009 amateur draft. He soon signed and made his pro debut for the State College Spikes on June 22nd and went on to lead the club in batting average (.299), hits (76), runs (45), home runs (6), and stolen bases (9). He played for the Bradenton Marauders in 2010, hitting .351 in 47 games before suffering a season-ending injury in June.

With the Altoona Curve in 2011, Holt hit .288 and stole 18 bases in 132 games. He began 2012 back with the Curve and hit .322 in 102 games before being promoted to the AAA Indianapolis Indians. He continued his hot hitting with Indianapolis, posting a .432 average in 24 games. That earned him a September call-up to the majors. He made his big league debut on September 1st against the Milwaukee Brewers, coming to the plate as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning, and then walking and scoring a run. In only his fourth game, starting at second base against the Houston Astros, he went 4 for 5 with a pair of runs scored to lead the Pirates to a 6-2 win. He ended his first season with a batting average of .292 in 24 games. On December 26th, he was sent to the Boston Red Sox along with pitcher Joel Hanrahan in return for IF Ivan DeJesus Jr., Ps Mark Melancon and Stolmy Pimentel, and OF Jerry Sands.

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