Rookie Brock Holt's versatility has become well known as he moves around the diamond for the Red Sox. He's establishing a reputation for durability, as well.
Holt has started every inning of every game since May 17 while playing every position except pitcher and catcher. He played right field Friday night and doubled, tripled and drove in a run as the Red Sox won their third in a row, 8-3 over the Astros in Houston.
Holt is the first Red Sox player since 1928 to start games at short, first base, third base and all three outfield positions in the same season. He'll be back at shortstop today, his second start there this week in place of Stephen Drew.
Holt, 26, who was born in Fort Worth, played baseball at Stephenville (Texas) High School and at Rice University in Houston. He has a large cheering section of family and friends watching the weekend series at Minute Maid Park. Friday night, some wore t-shirts that read "Party like a Brock Star".
The conversion from part-time utlityman to everyday player - albeit, at seemingly a different position each day - has paid off for Holt, who is hitting a team-leading .309, and the Red Sox, who have found their leadoff hitter.
“When you know you’re going to be in the lineup, it’s a good feeling,” Holt told the Providence Journal. “Being able to help out and contribute and play every day, it’s been fun. Moving around the field has been fun.”
Red Sox manager John Farrell told the Journal the team is keeping an eye on Holt's workload.
“He’s been such an important part of our lineup leading off for us,” Farrell said. “You check in with him regularly on just how he’s responding physically. For the first time in his major-league career, he’s gotten an everyday opportunity, and he’s certainly not going to balk at that or ask out — which he’s not. Most importantly, he’s made not only an impact, but he’s taken advantage of the opportunity provided.”