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.
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.