Red Sox: Holt 'a good addition'

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Red Sox: Holt 'a good addition'

The Red Sox acquired infielder Brock Holt, along with closer Joel Hanrahan, in the six-player deal with the Pirates on Wednesday.Holt, 24, a ninth-round pick of the Pirates in 2009 out of Rice University, made his big league debut for Pittsburgh in September. In 24 games, the left-handed batter hit .292, going 19-for-65 with three extra-base hits -- two doubles and a triple -- six runs scored, and three RBI. He had four walks with 14 strikeouts.Were also excited to acquire Brock Holt in this trade, said Red Sox assistant general manager Brian OHalloran on a conference call, filling in for GM Ben Cherington ,who was traveling. Hes a 24-year-old infielder, left-handed hitter that will really complement the mix of middle infielders that we bring into camp and I think hes going to be a good player for us going forward. Hes a very hard-nosed player type of guy that, hes had a lot of success in the minor leagues and in a brief call-up in September for Pittsburgh. Were excited to have him and the energy that he brings to the table. Hes got a line-drive stroke and we think hell be a good addition to our middle infield corps.In four minor league seasons, Holt has hit .317 with a .381 on-base percentage and .427 slugging percentage. Making his first appearance at Triple-A in 2012, hit .432 in 24 games, going 41-for-95, with a .476 OBP and .537 SLG.Brock Holt is a nice little hitter, said one scout. He can hit. Hes not going to hit for a ton of power, but he can hit.Overall, Holt has posted a.961 fielding percentage in the minors, .949 at shortstop and .980 at second base. With Triple-A Indianapolis last season, he had a .973 mark at second, .944 at short. But in 14 starts with the Pirates, all at second base filling in for injured veteran Neil Walker, he committed four errors in 64 chances for a .938 fielding percentage.Defensively he was pretty darn good in the minor leagues at second base and shortstop, more so second base, kind of average range, said the scout. But when he got to the big leagues it was almost as if he panicked and the game really sped up on him, and he was awful defensively, like really slow with feeds on double plays. Compared to Neil Walker you really could tell the difference defensively. But he can really hit.But those are the kinds of shortcomings that can be overcome with more experience and familiarity.Yes, I think hell get better defensively with that comfort level, because if you had watched him at all in the minor leagues youd never think he had a deficiency defensively, said the scout. You might say Oh, OK, hes not great but he catches everything he gets to. Hes got sure hands. The whole nine yards. But then when he got to the big leagues, youd say, Wait a minute. I didnt see this guy in the minors. He really looked rigid, stiff, he looked out of his element defensively.But at the plate, they got to pitch him really in tight to get him out. With balls out on the outer half he would drill the ball to left field or back through the middle. Hes a good hitter. He can handle lefties OK. The breaking ball doesnt give him fits. And hes a hard-nosed player. He can play some shortstop if need be. I think they might want to move him around in spring training, move him to third, short, second. Dustin Pedroia's not going anywhere and if thats Holts best position, see if he can play somewhere else, maybe even left field. His arms average. Its not above or below, but its average. But he seems like a hard-nosed player and he comes to play every day.Holt was added to the 40-man roster. Barring anything unforeseen, he is likely to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

QUOTES:

"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.

 

NOTES:

* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.

STARS:

1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.