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Brock Holt
Birthdate: 6/11/1988 (28 y, 9 m, 15 d)     Bats/Throws: L/R     Height/Weight: 5-10/185     Position: 3B/OF
Drafted: 2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 9, Pick: 4, Overall: 265, Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Contract: $2M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Holt and non-roster invitee Josh Rutledge will compete with Pablo Sandoval for the starting third base job, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. (2/13/2017)
Profiles:  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Brock Holt is a solid bench player. That he managed to become an All-Star in 2015 will forever be a testament to the train wreck that was Boston's 2015 season. Things weren't much better in 2014, when Holt first broke through with the Red Sox. With players dropping left and right, it was Holt who stepped in and buoyed the team. But such a role on a long-term basis was never his destiny, and last season he settled into a more natural role as a utility player. He started the majority of the time in left field (55 games), but he also logged starts at third, second, short and in right field. In 2017, it's likely that the left field portion of the resume will be wiped clean. With Andrew Benintendi now with the big team, and Chris Young still needing a place to play, Holt will likely shift back to infield-only duty. He'll see his most playing time at the hot corner, where it seems likely that he'll platoon with Pablo Sandoval. Should Sandoval regain his form following his shoulder injury the way Hanley Ramirez did last year, Holt may not play much at all. Sandoval, after all, has been a switch-hitter for the majority of his career. But the more likely outcome is that the Red Sox will find a way to get Holt 50 or more starts at third, and a dozen or so at other positions. You probably don't need to target him on draft day, but if he finds a good pocket of playing time and manages to get hot, feel free to ride that wave.

The Quick Opinion: Brock Holt is unlikely to ever again be a full-time starter for the Boston Red Sox, but if things again go awry with Pablo Sandoval, it could once again be Holt to the rescue.

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