Every team would love to have an “everywhere” guy. He is the type of player that can play a handful of positions for when a starter gets injured. For the Boston Red Sox one of the things they learned from last year was that some seasons the injuries just seem to pile up. Luckily this year the Red Sox have a few players looking to be their utility infielder.
One of those players is Brock Holt, who was in the trade when the Pittsburgh Pirates sent over closer Joel Hanrahan. Yesterday when the Red Sox played Holt’s former team the Pirates, he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and he played at second base.
Brock knows that he has plenty of competition especially with Pedro Ciriaco to gain a spot on the roster. Ian Brown from MLB.com asked Holt how he prepares during Spring Training. Holt told Ian, “I’m just coming to the park every day and trying to get better. I’m going to be working at different infield positions. I’m looking forward to that. But I’m going to do whatever I can to try to make this team. If I don’t, I’ll do whatever I can to get up there as soon as possible.”
One thing that is working for Holt to gain a spot on the roster is that not only can he play in the infield, but he might be able to show off his defensive skills in the outfield. Manager John Farrell feels that Brock could see some time at center field. Farrell likes Brock’s arm strength and how quickly he can react to the ball.
Even if Holt goes to the minors at the start of this season, I am guessing he will be called up since the coaching staff has been paying close attention to him.