Brock Holt

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Brock Wyatt Holt
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Biographical Information[edit]

Infielder Brock Holt reached the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, then emerged as an outstanding utility player with the Boston Red Sox.

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.

Brock played sparingly in the Red Sox's championship season in 2013, getting into 26 games during which he hit .203. He was not on the team's postseason roster. In 2014, however, he was one of the few bright lights as the Sox fell to a last-place finish in the AL East. Performing a super Utility player role, he played 106 games, hitting .281 and scoring 68 runs. He started games at seven different positions, his versatility being particularly welcome as the team struggled all season with injuries and underperforming players. He was back in a similar role in 2015. On June 16th, he had a career night as he hit for the cycle in a 7-4 win over the Atlanta Braves. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Sox, who were once again in last place. He hit a solo homer in the 7th and a triple in the 8th to complete the feat, the first in the majors that season, and the first by any Red Sox player since John Valentin back on June 6, 1996. He was named the Red Sox's sole representative at the 2015 All-Star Game. In a sign of how unusual a player he was, he was the first player to have started games at seven different positions to be an All-Star. Fir the season, he hit .280 in 129 games, with 27 doubles, 6 triples and 2 homers, scoring 56 runs and driving in 45.

Brock hit his first career grand slam on April 8, 2016 against Jesse Chavez of the Toronto Blue Jays; his grand slam negated one by the Jays' Josh Donaldson, and Brock also drove in another run with a double to lead the Sox to an 8-7 win. He had hit another long ball earlier that week, meaning that it had taken him all of four games to match his long ball total from the previous year.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL All-Star (2015)

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