Why Brock Holt Needs to Stay in the Lineup

Brock Holt (AL MESSERSCHMIDT/GETTY IMAGESBrock Holt has been the main third baseman for the Boston Red Sox since Will Middlebrooks went on the DL a couple of weeks ago. He is hitting a robust .333 in 90 at-bats while belting his first career home run on Sunday and driving in 11 runs on the season.

Mike Napoli is expected to be activated when he is eligible on Sunday, June 9 and that means Holt will be the odd man out even with his ability to play all the infield spots.

Stephen Drew will be at shortstop most nights and Xander Bogaerts will be at third, so where does that leave Holt?

The 24-year-old has been leading off for the Red Sox since his return to the lineup and has really flourished in his 12 starts with a .345 average in that role while getting on base at a .367 clip.

When he is out of the lineup, who will be hitting leadoff?

Stephen Drew might be able to against right-handed starters, but leaving Holt on the bench might not be wise for the time being if he continues to be the force at the plate he has been through 23 contests.

Luckily for Holt, he is starting to learn the outfield and first base, which could make him a super utility player on this team for the foreseeable future.

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