The Boston Red Sox are sitting at 34 wins and 40 losses for fourth place in the American League East. So far, there have been a number of disappointing performances: Clay Buchholz, Grady Sizemore, and Felix Doubront just to name a few. Not many players are exceeding expectations for Boston, but there definitely is one. That man is Brock Holt, a second baseman by trade who is proving to be a highly valuable player for the club.
Logging playing time everywhere except for at pitcher and catcher in his Major League career, the 26-year-old is having a monster year for Boston. On the year, Holt is hitting .329 in 39 games while boasting a .369 OBP with 15 extra base hits out of 51 hits.
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In the field, Holt has been thrown around into a number of positions, none of which come natural to Holt. Granted that he is a second baseman by trade with shortstop as his secondary position, it is amazing to see Holt doing what he has done since he has not logged a single appearance at either of those positions in the big leagues this year.
Since Holt started the year in AAA Pawtucket, he is not on the MLB All-Star game ballot. Holt definitely deserves to be an All-Star this year, but unfortunately for him it would be tough to win a spot on the team now as he would need much too many write-in votes.
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Luckily for Holt, there still is another possibility for him to get into the All-Star game: the final vote. There is a good chance that if Holt keeps up what he has been doing that he could get on the final vote ballot for the American League. Knowing how big of a fan base the Boston Red Sox have, Holt would have a great chance of winning the nod, earning a trip to Target Field to join manager John Farrell and crew.
Overall, Brock Holt is proving his worth this year for the Red Sox. He is knocking the cover off the ball and deserves all the credit in the world for helping out the defending World Champs. Making Brock Holt an All-Star is the least the league could do as a reward for his breakout season. Even if he is overlooked, he will continue to be a secret weapon for Boston.