The Legend of Holt Continues in 2016

Using the word “Legend” might be a stretch of the imagination, but when you consider what the 27-year-old Brock Holt has done since arriving via trade from the Pittsburg Pirates, legend actually kind of suits him. The phrase the Legend of Holt Continues was coined by former NESN Red Sox Analyst Don Orsillo during the 2014 season.

After being drafted in the 9th round by the Pittsburg Pirates in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, Brock Holt put up some pretty impressive numbers as he climbed the ranks of the farm system. The Legend of Holt
In 2012, Brock hit .322 in 102 games with Double-A Altoona, and later that season hit .432 in 24 games for Triple-A Indianapolis before joining the big club on September 1st and batted .292 with a triple and 3 RBI in 24 games.

And on December 26th, 2012, the Brock Star was traded to the Boston Red Sox in what has become one of the greatest Christmas gifts this team has ever received.

The Legend of Holt is Born

We didn’t get to see much of Holt during the 2013 Championship season. He played in only 26 games, while hitting .203 with 11 RBI. Despite not making the postseason roster Holt received his first championship ring when the Sox beat the Cardinals in the World Series.

During the 2014 season Holt was called-up on May 17 to replace former Red Sox, Will Middlebrooks. Immediately manager John Farrell inserted Holt in the leadoff spot in which he would continue to occupy for the remainder of the season. Holt not only went on to hit .281 in 449 at-bats, but he also showed his athleticism, versatility, and tremendous defense by starting games at every position except pitcher and catcher.

He carried that momentum heading into the 2015 season by cracking the Opening Day roster for the first time in his short but history making career. On June 16 against the Atlanta Braves the Legend of Holt reached new heights when he became the first Red Sox since John Valentine in 1996 to hit for the cycle. Just a few short weeks later, Holt’s game was taken to another level when he was chosen to represent the Red Sox in the 2015 All-Star Game.

Holt finished the season hitting .280 after again seeing time at every position except pitcher and catcher. Now one big knock that fans have highlighted is that he’s not an everyday player and he’s going to breakdown half way through the season. You guys are right, at the time he wasn’t expected to be an everyday player but injuries arose throughout the team and Holt welcomed the challenge with open arms.

2016 looks to be no different and in the first 4 games he’s batting .412 with 2 long balls and 8 RBI. Heading into the season knowing he was going to be counted on all year-long, Holt was able to not only physically prepare but also mentally prepare and that is going to pay huge dividends as the season goes on, believe it.

So go ahead and call him the Brock Star, the man of many gloves, All-Star, hell I’ll even throw Gold Glover and Silver Slugger in there as well. He hits, he plays terrific defense, and he wins. All he does is win. So call him what you want but just rest assure that in 2016 the Legend of Holt will continue and will surely reach another height.

Brock Holt Making Case to Play on a More Consistent Basis

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Through seven games and 24 at-bats entering Monday’s contest, Brock Holt has been off to a blazing start with a .500 average to go along with five RBI and a pair of doubles. Not only is the 26-year-old hitting absolutely everything thrown at him, but he has also played four different position in the field, including three of the four infield positions (aside from pitcher and catcher).

After being a staple at the top of the lineup for the Boston Red Sox in 2014, Holt hadBrock Holt no clue what his role on the Red Sox this season would be with the acquisitions of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval during the off-season. He finished with a respectable .281/.331/..712 stat line while hitting 31 extra-base hits in 449 at-bats. He drove in 23 runs while scoring 68 times and stealing 12 bases on 14 attempts. What really makes the Texas native valuable is his versatility. He played all three outfield positions in 2014 and all four infield spots while committing only seven errors (six at third and one at first).

The way Holt has started has shown that he deserves at least four starts each week and can give the veterans one night off a week, which gives them time to rest. Not only can he rake at the plate and field with extreme consistency, but the former Pittsburgh Pirate can also work the pitcher at the top of the lineup. Sure, he has yet to walk in 2015, but he knows how to fight off tough pitches and layoff pitches in the dirt. The power may be lacking, but he provides another tablesetter at the top of the lineup to go alongside center fielder Mookie Betts.

The 26-year-old has earned playing time thanks especially to his ability to stay hot as he has now hit in six straight games after not playing in five of the first 10 games. He has started in four of the last five contests and will likely be in there for the near future until he cools off.

Holt has only three strikeouts on the season and has only struck out 119 times in 592 at-bats. The next thing on his to-do list has to be pitching and catching in order to check off every position on the field.

Reviewing 2014 Red Sox Rookie Position Players

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After an abysmal 2014 season, the Boston Red Sox look to turn things around in 2015. Five rookie position players saw a good chunk of playing time last year for Boston, which is why it is worth taking a look to see why underdogs can thrive as well.
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The two big time prospects headed into the season were Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr., neither of whom produced nearly was well as expected. While Bogaerts hit well at times and played adequate defense at shortstop, his bat went missing in action during the summer months as he hit just .157 in 248 at-bats from June through August.

Jackie Bradley Jr. on the other hand, was excellent defensively but failed to pull his weight at red sox rookiethe plate, posting the lowest OPS among all qualifying outfielders in Major League Baseball. Defensively though, he was another story—but Boston still went ahead and signed Cuban defector Rusney Castillo to fill the void in center field.

Younger players who the Red Sox were not expecting as much from ended up being the ones who gave them more production.
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Very few people would have thought Christian Vazquez would be the Red Sox starting catcher headed into the 2015 season, but that is the case. He hit .254 with a .312 OBP off of righties last season while gunning down 52% of the runners who tried to steal off of him in 54 games—not bad for a rookie catcher.

Drilling his way into the lineup by playing every single position except for the batteries, Brock Holt etched his way into the big league picture by doing everything that was asked of him and then some. Although he hit .281 with four homers and 12 stolen bases in 106 games last year, he would not be coming into the 2015 season projected to be the utility man if it weren’t for his versatility.
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Who could forget about Mookie Betts? Switching from second base to the outfield, the top prospect was originally not expected to make his big league debut until 2015, but his consistent bat earned him playing time for Boston. Showing off power, speed and plate discipline, he has the right stuff which is why he is projected to post the highest WAR on the team this year.