Holt makes debut in right field Saturday

Holt makes debut in right field Saturday
June 14, 2014, 2:45 pm
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BOSTON - The Brock Holt Tour rolls on, this time to right field.

The Sox super utility man will start in right field for the Sox on Saturday, his first career start in right.

Holt has just recently started to play in the outfield as well as first base, normally playing third base for the team in his rookie campaign.

The reason for the move to right is because Jonny Gomes is getting the start in left field against lefty T.J. House.

"Brock is in right, largely in part because Jonny's played left field so well for us and wanted to keep that continuity with Jonny in left," John Farrell said. "And even though we've moved Brock around some, I feel like we can take advantage of his speed and the added range in right field if it's needed."

Playing right field at Fenway Park is no easy task whatsoever, and it speaks volumes about Holt's ability to catch on quickly in a position he has little experience playing.

"Throwing him in the outfield with really no lead-up or repetition at the minor league level prior to coming here," Farrell said. "I think you saw some of the reads and routes made particularly up in Detroit. He makes another good running catch last night. It's his ability to adapt to a new position as quick as he has, that's the thing that's been most surprising. But knowing who he is as a competitor and an athlete and his baseball intelligence, that's not surprising."

Holt also leads all Major League rookies with a .331 average. He's reached base in 20 of his last 22 starts as the Sox leadoff hitter and his .337 average from the leadoff spot ranks 2nd in the Majors behind Melky Cabrera at .338

Here's the Sox lineup, with Holt leading off.

Brock Holt, RF
Xander Bogaerts, 3B
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Napoli, 1B
Jonny Gomes, LF
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Jonathan Herrera, SS
Jackie Bradley, Jr., CF

Jake Peavy, SP