Brock Holt

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Brock Holt
Brock Holt on April 24, 2015.jpg
Holt with the Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox – No. 12
Utility player
Born: (1988-06-11) June 11, 1988 (age 31)
Fort Worth, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 2012, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
(through August 17, 2019)
Batting average.271
Home runs22
Runs batted in197
Career highlights and awards

Brock Wyatt Holt (born June 11, 1988), nicknamed The Brock Star,[1] is an American professional utility infielder and outfielder for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). While primarily used as an infielder, he has started in and played at every position for the Red Sox, except for pitcher and catcher. Listed at 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) and 180 pounds (82 kg), Holt bats left-handed and throws right-handed. He first played in MLB for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, but has played for the Red Sox since 2013, and was selected to represent them in the 2015 MLB All-Star Game. Holt has twice hit for the cycle, and is the only player in MLB history to do so in a postseason game.[2]

High school career[edit]

Holt graduated in 2006 from Stephenville High School in Texas. In 2003, his freshman year, he made the District 8-4A All-District baseball team despite batting just .227, and shared the league's Newcomer of the Year award.[3] Holt was a second-team All-District 8-4A inclusion his sophomore year, batting .324 for the season.[4] In 2005, Holt was named defensive player of the year in District 6-4A,[5] and he earned all-district honors in 2006, his senior year.[6]

College career[edit]

Holt attended Navarro College in 2007 and 2008.[7] After transferring to Rice University in 2009, he posted a .348 batting average with 12 home runs and 43 RBIs in 59 games for the Rice Owls. He also led the Owls with 67 runs scored and shared the team lead with 11 stolen bases. In the same season, he was named both to the All-NCAA Regional Team and the All-Silver Glove Trophy Series team.[8]

Holt was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the club's ninth round selection in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, one pick before his Rice teammate Ryan Berry.[9]

Professional career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Holt began his professional career with the Pittsburgh Pirates' short season, Class-A affiliate, the State College Spikes, before advancing to the High-A Bradenton Marauders in 2010. His 2010 season was cut short due to injury to his medial collateral ligament, which required surgery.[10] He began the 2011 season with the Pirates' Double-A affiliate, the Altoona Curve. On July 13, 2011, Holt was named the MVP of the Eastern League All-Star Game after hitting a two-run homer in the ninth inning.[11]

Holt opened 2012 with Altoona and later joined Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. He was promoted to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the minors as the major league rosters expanded on September 1.

Pittsburgh Pirates (2012)[edit]

Holt made his Major League debut on September 1, 2012. At the time of his promotion, he had hit a .322 average in 102 games with Altoona and .432 in 24 games for Indianapolis.[12]

On September 4, against the Houston Astros, Holt became only the second Pirates player since 1900 to have a four-hit game within his first four career games in the majors. The only other Pirates player to have a four-hit game so early in his career was Jack Merson, who went 4-for-5 in his second major league game on September 15, 1951.[13] In 24 games, Holt batted .292 with a triple and 3 RBI.

Boston Red Sox (2013–present)[edit]


On December 26, 2012 Holt was traded to the Boston Red Sox (along with Joel Hanrahan) for Jerry Sands, Stolmy Pimentel, Mark Melancon, and Iván DeJesús, Jr..[14] Holt started the 2013 season with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. He debuted for Boston after getting called up on July 6 in Anaheim. In 2013, Holt played in 26 games, hitting .203 with 11 RBI. The Red Sox finished the year 97-65, clinching the AL East division. Holt was not active in the playoffs, but the Red Sox went on to win the 2013 World Series.


Holt again started 2014 in Triple-A. He was called up to Boston on May 17, after an injury to Will Middlebrooks, and hit leadoff for the rest of the season. On May 31, against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park, Holt hit his first Major League home run. On June 1, while starting at first base for the first time in his career, he went 4-for-4 with four doubles, a walk, and two RBIs against the Tampa Bay Rays.[15] On June 8, in order to allow Xander Bogaerts to play third base, Holt moved to left field. He immediately impressed, making a sensational catch on the warning track to rob Ian Kinsler of a hit. On July 9, against the Chicago White Sox, Holt drove in Daniel Nava in the bottom of the ninth inning for the first walk-off hit of his career.[16] By the end of the season, Holt had started games at every position except pitcher and catcher.[17]


In 2015, Holt made the opening day roster for the first time in his career.

On June 16, Holt hit for the cycle against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park. He doubled, singled, and hit a home run off of Julio Teherán, and completed it with a triple in the 8th inning off of Sugar Ray Marimón. In doing so, he became the first Red Sox player to accomplish the feat in 19 years, since John Valentin in 1996.[18]

In July, Holt was chosen to represent the Red Sox in the MLB All-Star Game by Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost.[19] Holt was the first player selected to an All-Star Game after starting at seven or more positions before the break.[20] In the game, Holt entered as a pinch runner, replacing Mike Trout; Holt successfully stole second base, and later scored. He stayed in the game playing left field and had one at bat, striking out.[21]

For the 2015 regular season, Holt appeared in 129 games, batting .280 with two home runs and 45 RBIs. Defensively, he played 58 games at second base, 35 games in the outfield, 33 games at third base, 11 games at shortstop, 8 games at first base, and one game as designated hitter.


Following the announcement that Wade Boggs's number 26 was to be retired, Holt switched his jersey number to number 12 in 2016.[22] On May 19, Holt suffered a concussion and was placed on the disabled list. On August 24, Holt returned to the Red Sox, covering third base. For the 2016 regular season, Holt appeared in 94 games and finished with a .255 batting average, 7 home runs, and 34 RBIs.[23]

In the 2016 American League Division Series between the Red Sox and Indians, Holt was named the starting third baseman over Travis Shaw. He batted .400 with a home run and an RBI as Cleveland swept Boston in three games.


Holt again spent time on the disabled list in 2017, due to a concussion and the effects of vertigo.[24] After playing on April 20, Holt was out of the Red Sox lineup until July 16. During the 2017 regular season, Holt appeared in 64 games, batting .200 with no home runs and seven RBIs.

In the 2017 American League Division Series against the Houston Astros, Holt played only in Game 2, pinch running and then staying in the game as second baseman; he did not have a plate appearance.[25]


On September 11, Holt hit a pinch-hit, three-run go-ahead home run off of Ryan Tepera of the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning, giving Boston a lead they would hold onto for a 7–2 win, making them the first team of the year to clinch a postseason berth.[26] Holt finished the campaign with seven home runs and 46 RBIs in 109 games while hitting .277 and playing all infield plus the corner outfield positions during the season. On October 8, Holt became the first player in MLB history to hit for the cycle in the postseason, doing so in a 16–1 rout in Game 3 of the 2018 American League Division Series against the New York Yankees.[2] The Red Sox would go on to win the World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers,[27] giving Holt his second career championship title.


Holt started the 2019 season batting 1-for-16 (.063) in six games. On April 6, Holt was placed on the injured list due to a scratched cornea in his right eye.[28] He had rehabilitation assignments with Triple-A Pawtucket starting on April 16 and April 26.[28] On April 30, Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced that Holt's rehabilitation had been stopped indefinitely, due to a right shoulder impingement.[29] Holt was sent on a new rehabilitation assignment with Pawtucket on May 15, and then with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs on May 24.[30] He returned to Boston's active roster on May 27.[30] On July 25th, Holt was ejected for arguing balls and strikes against the New York Yankees, his 2nd career ejection.

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 2010 FSL Mid-Season All-Star
  • 2011 EAS Mid-Season All-Star
  • 2011 EAS All-Star Game Top Star
  • 2012 EAS Mid-Season All-Star
  • 2012 Organization All-Star
  • 2012 EAS Post-Season All-Star
  • 2015 MLB All-Star
  • 2018 World Series champion
  • 3-time Roberto Clemente Award nominee (2015, 2016, 2018)

Personal life[edit]

Holt married Lakyn Pennington on November 9, 2013.[31] The couple have a son, Griffin Wyatt Holt, born in December 2016. Holt has served as the Red Sox Jimmy Fund Captain, working with The Jimmy Fund to assist with fund raising and cancer awareness;[32] 2019 is his fifth consecutive season in the role.[33]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Penney, Sean (July 20, 2016). "Red Sox: The Brock Star is back". Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Adler, David (October 8, 2018). "Brock Holt completes first postseason cycle". Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  3. ^ "Seven Jackets on 8-4A All-District baseball team". Stephenville Empire-Tribune. June 6, 2003. Archived from the original on June 4, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  4. ^ "Seven from SHS on 8-4A baseball team". Stephenville Empire-Tribune. June 10, 2004. Archived from the original on June 4, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  5. ^ "6-4A All District team named". Stephenville Empire-Tribune. June 9, 2005. Archived from the original on June 4, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  6. ^ "Area baseball, softball players Earn All-District honors". Stephenville Empire-Tribune. June 16, 2006. Archived from the original on June 4, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  7. ^ Hunt, Steve. "MLB: Navarro's Brock Holt has homecoming". Corsicana Daily Sun. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  8. ^ "Pirates Sign Ninth Round Pick Brock Holt". June 19, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  9. ^ Duarte, Joseph (June 10, 2009). "Holt, Berry taken in ninth round of MLB draft". Houston Chronicle.
  10. ^ Bandi, Matt (June 22, 2010). "Brock Holt out for season with torn meniscus". Pirates Prospects. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  11. ^ Moynahan, Brian (July 13, 2011). "West pulls away for All-Star victory". Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  12. ^ Singer, Tom (September 1, 2012). "Bucs bring up five for stretch run".
  13. ^ "Walker Ready to take Swings". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. September 5, 2012.
  14. ^ Links, Zach (December 26, 2012). "Red Sox Acquire Joel Hanrahan In Six-Player Trade". MLB Trade Rumors.
  15. ^ "Boston Red Sox 4, Tampa Bay Rays 0". Retrosheet. June 1, 2014. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  16. ^ "Chicago White Sox at Boston Red Sox Box Score, July 9, 2014". Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  17. ^ "Brock Holt Statistics and History". Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  18. ^ Associated Press (17 June 2015). "Holt hits for cycle, Boston ends slide with win over Braves". ESPN. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  19. ^ Speier, Alex (July 7, 2015). "Brock Holt's unusual path to Red Sox stardom". The Boston Globe. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  20. ^ Blum, Ronald (July 14, 2015). "Holt 1st All-Star to start at 7 positions before break". The Washington Times. AP.
  21. ^ "American League 6, National League 3". Retrosheet. July 14, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  22. ^ Nickel, Brandon (December 22, 2015). "Red Sox To Retire Wade Boggs' No. 26, Brock Holt to No. 12".
  23. ^ "Brock Holt". Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  24. ^ Jacobs, Jeff (July 17, 2017). "Incense, Prayer Cures All". Hartford Courant. Hartford, Connecticut. p. C4. Retrieved March 23, 2018 – via
  25. ^ "Houston Astros 8, Boston Red Sox 2". Retrosheet. October 6, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  26. ^ "Brock Holt pinch-hit home run helps Red Sox clinch playoff berth in Chris Sale return". Boston Herald. September 11, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  27. ^ "Boston Red Sox win 2018 World Series". MLB. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  28. ^ a b "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". April 2019. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  29. ^ Mullen, Logan (April 30, 2019). "Red Sox Injuries: Brock Holt 'Shut Down' With Right Shoulder Impingement". NESN. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  30. ^ a b "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". May 2019. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  31. ^ Pennington - Holt Archived June 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  32. ^ Vautour, Matt (August 24, 2018). "Red Sox infielder Brock Holt embracing his role with the Jimmy Fund". Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  33. ^ "Brock Holt named Jimmy Fund Captain for 2019". Impact. Vol. 22 no. 3. Dana–Farber Cancer Institute. Summer 2019. p. 5.

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Preceded by
Michael Cuddyer
Charlie Blackmon
Hitting for the cycle
June 16, 2015
October 8, 2018
Succeeded by
Shin-Soo Choo
Jorge Polanco