Brock Holt just may find his way onto the Boston Red Sox‘ 25-man roster in 2014. A lot will depend on how the 25 year-old performs in Spring Training and whether or not the Red Sox decide to sign Stephen Drew.
The Fort Worth, Texas native isn’t a very impressive figure at 5-foot-10′ and 180 pounds, but his ability to hit for a high average, get on base and play multiple infield positions could make him a valuable depth player for Boston. Holt is a lifetime .307 hitter in 1727 career minor league at-bats with a very healthy .372 on-base percentage.
As you might assume, Holt doesn’t hit for much power. With only 14 home runs in his minor league career, don’t look for Brock to smash ‘em out of the park on a regular basis. However, he has shown a solid tendency to find the gaps, if not the stands. From 2011 to 2012, Holt hit 61 doubles while splitting time with the double-A Altoona Curve and triple-A Indianapolis Indians. Holt batted .432 in 24 games with Indianapolis.
As a fielder, Holt has a somewhat inconsistent record, but he’s displayed progress the last few years. His 2013 campaign with the triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox was particularly good. Holt committed just thre errors in 44 games at second base and only two errors in 32 games at shortstop. Holt also has some experience at third base, where he committed two errors in 20 games at the major league level in 2013.
With only 144 major league plate appearances, it’s difficult to ascertain how Holt will fare at the highest level. However, given the limited time he’s spent in the majors, he has performed quite well. In 2012, Holt batted .292 in 24 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 2013, he batted just .203 but drove in 11 runs in 26 games with the Red Sox.
Holt could be a nice fit for the Red Sox whether or not they sign Drew. The Red Sox will like his ability to draw walks and get on base, and if he continues to improve in the field, it will only add to his value. He’ll be an interesting player to follow this spring. Oh, and he has a really cool name.