Player Profile: Brock Holt

Brock Holt
–  Age: 24
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 170
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
College: Rice

Honors/Awards
– 2009 NYP All-Star
(State College Spikes)
– 2010 FSL All-Star
(Bradenton Marauders)
– 2011 EAS All-Star
(Altoona Curve)
– 2012 EAS All-Star
(Altoona Curve)

From Pirates Prospects:
“…he’s never likely to hit for so much power as a pro.  The Pirates, consistent with their philosophy, will try to develop him as a shortstop.  Scouts, however, aren’t convinced he has the range and arm to stay there, in part due to his size.  He also doesn’t have a great arm.  He’s not exceptionally fast and hasn’t been a good base stealer in the minors.”

Brock Holt, who was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis, made his MLB debut on Saturday. He collected his first hit and RBI on Sunday during his first big league start. Holt, who earned a promotion after ripping the cover off the ball at Indy, has two hits in five at-bats, as well as a walk and a run scored. Even though he isn’t the biggest player on the field, he’s hit at every level he’s played. However, it’s unclear if he is steady enough to be an every day player:

More from Giger’s article “Holt can hit, but faces tough road with Pirates“:

“There are several problems, though, with Holt ever getting an extended shot with the Pirates.

First, he doesn’t excel defensively at shortstop or second base. He’s got 18 errors in 79 games at short, and he lacks the range and arm strength to play there every day in the majors. The Pirates don’t have room for Holt at second base because Neil Walker likely isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Second, the Bucs already have a bunch of middle infielders ahead of Holt in their system, from Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer in the big leagues to Chase d’Arnaud, Yamaico Navarro and Anderson Hernandez in Triple-A.

Finally, Holt has very little power, with just two homers this season and 10 in 324 professional games. He does have 22 doubles and a very good .821 OPS this season, but he will never be known as much of a power threat.”

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