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Thursday, 05 June 2014 19:48

Red Sox: What to do with Brock Holt?

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Since Jacoby Ellsbury left for New York in the offseason, the Red Sox have had a hard time finding a solid option atop the batting order. In recent days, hot-hitting infielder Brock Holt took over the leadoff spot in the lineup, and so far he’s been the best man for the job this season.


Since moving into the leadoff spot on May 23rd, Holt is hitting .306 (19-62) with seven doubles, a homer and eight RBI. Aside from solidifying the top spot in the lineup, Holt manned third base on a regular basis. That would soon change with Stephen Drew’s return to shortstop and Xander Bogaerts shifting over to third. 



This situation put manager John Farrell in a tough spot; Either Holt needed to find a new position, sit on the bench, or be sent back down to the minor leagues. Sitting Holt or sending him back to the minors were simply not sensible options for Farrell, as Brock continued his hot streak and success leading off. 



With Mike Napoli on the disabled list, and Mike Carp going down with a fractured right foot, Farrell had a spot for Holt at first base. Problem solved.  Holt made his debut at first base on June 1st, despite never playing the position in the minors or in college. The new challenge did not phase him however, as he went 4-4 with four doubles and a stolen base on Sunday, though he did make an error on a muffed catch. Since moving to first, Holt is 7-19 (.368) with four doubles, four RBI, and an OBP of .400. 



As first baseman Mike Napoli is set to return Sunday in Detroit, the shuffling of positions continues for Brock Holt, who will be without a spot once again. John Farrell mentioned giving Holt some playing time in the outfield when Napoli returns to the lineup. At this point, the outfield needs some serious help. 



Sox outfielders have combined for a miserable .195/.277/.290 triple slash line, so Holt’s production would be a welcome sight in the short term. Until Shane Victorino makes his way back from injury, Holt deserves a spot in the outfield to play every day. 



Moving to the outfield will require Holt to learn a new position once again, though to this point versatility has not been an issue. Shagging fly balls and working with his teammates should prepare him for outfield play, and Holt is athletic enough to hold his own at the corner spots. 



John Farrell needs to do whatever he can to keep Holt’s bat in the lineup and ride the hot streak, as Holt is hitting .375 over the past week. Penciling Brock Holt in to the outfield will not only keep his hot bat in the lineup at leadoff, but should help the Sox outfield production for now. Eventually the Sox will have to make a bold move to bolster the outfield, but that’s a hot topic all on it’s own. 

Shane Bourque

Shane Bourque is a Rhode Island College graduate with a Bachelor's in Communications working towards a career in sports broadcasting. Baseball is his passion and field of expertise. Shane wrote for ScoutRI.com in high school and interned with ABC 6 in junior year at RIC. Currently Shane works at Advance Auto Parts in Westerly, RI part time. In his free time aside from watching sports Shane works on cars, plays guitar, and rides ATVs. He is a fan of all the New England teams, but truly is a fan of anything baseball.

Website: shanebourque.com

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