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26 Brock Holt 3B
Height/Weight: 5-10/180 | Birthdate: 6/11/1988 | Birthplace: Fort Worth, TX | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Boston | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 70/51 | Average Draft Position: 268.57
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Hitters to sit in Week 22


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/22/2014) So you're thinking of starting Mike Zunino, Allen Craig, Neil Walker, Casey McGehee, Brock Holt or Josh Hamilton in Fantasy Week 22 (Aug. 25-31)? That may not be such a great idea.

Check out the latest Start and Sit Hitters to find out why.


Brock Holt the king of versatility


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/18/2014) It kind of flew under the radar in Fantasy, but when Brock Holt started at shortstop Thursday against the Astros, he did more than just give rookie Xander Bogaerts a day off. He also became eligible at the position in standard CBSSports.com leagues, pulling off the rare feat of quintuple eligibility.

You're now able to use him at -- count them with me -- first base, second base, third base, shortstop and the outfield, though if you start him anywhere but shortstop, you're a real sucker -- a sucker, I tell you!

OK, not really. You probably just have a ton of infield depth. But no doubt, shortstop is where he's most valuable. It's by far the weakest position in Fantasy, and at the position, he stacks up with just about anybody.

No, really. He's been an everyday player, more or less, since May 17, and during that time, he ranks seventh among shortstops in Head-to-Head points leagues and ninth in Rotisserie. That's compared to 12th and 13th among third basemen.

Granted, much of that production is front-loaded, but he's still scoring a bunch of runs batting leadoff for the Red Sox. And if you have a weakness anywhere on the infield, he's now capable of filling it. That should apply to just about all Fantasy owners.


Red Sox praise Brock Holt for versatility


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Red Sox infielder/outfielder Brock Holt made his first start at second base Thursday at Toronto, becoming the first player in franchise history to start at every position besides pitcher and catcher.

Though, manager John Farrell said he has no plans to give Holt a start behind the plate any time soon.

"He's done a great job, there's no doubt," Farrell said, per MLB.com. "We like to think that because of injuries, it's opened up and created some opportunities for him. If we had our choice, we would've liked to avoid all that. ... But in light of what's taken place this year, it's one of the better stories. [He's] a guy we can plan around in a number of ways as we go forward."


Brock Holt receives rare night off


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Red Sox all-purpose standout Brock Holt is out of the lineup Wednesday in Toronto for the first time in two months. He is coming off an 0-for-4 effort that ended a seven-game hitting streak.

Holt has been lights-out this season with a stat line of .321/.366/.450 and 40 runs scored.


Brock Holt sparking the Red Sox


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Red Sox leadoff hitter Brock Holt owns a six-game hitting streak after going 2 for 5 with a run scored Sunday. He's 14 for 28 (.500) with two walks and five runs scored during the streak and has helped Boston win seven of its last eight games.

Against the Royals over the weekend, Holt played right field, center field, second base, third base and shortstop. He's batting .326/.371/.463 in 270 at-bats.


Three reasons to buy into Brock Holt


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(7/14/2014) I've been taking a wait-and-see approach to Brock Holt this season. In fact, I've been downright skeptical of his high batting average and run-scoring prowess, expecting that it's only a matter of time before he gets replaced in the Red Sox's lineup.

Holt has been doing this long enough and well enough that I'm finally becoming a believer. I have moved him up to 16th in my third base rankings in both Head-to-Head and Rotisserie formats for three reasons.

First, Holt has been boosting his batting average with infield hits. He has racked up 14 of them in just 257 plate appearances, so he is leveraging his speed into a .292 batting average on ground balls. With that high of a rate of infield hits, he can sustain something close to what he has already done on grounders.

Second, playing home games at Fenway Park can only help his batting average. The notorious doubles park usually provides a boost to hitters' BABIPs, particularly on flyballs. Holt is unlikely to sustain a .195 flyball BABIP, but it won't regress as much as it would if he played home games elsewhere.

Finally, Holt has shown the ability to strike out less often than he has so far. He has struck out in 18.3 percent of his plate appearances, but in the minors, his rates have typically been in the lower-to-mid teens. So even if Holt's infield hits dry up or his BABIP falls, he has a skill to fall back on that can help him to sustain his batting average and run production.


Brock Holt homers, cranks out five hits in win over Houston


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Red Sox infielder Brock Holt cranked out a career-high five hits in an 11-0 win over the Astros in Houston.

Holt launched a solo home run in the opening frame and added four hits. He finished 5 for 6 with two runs scored and one RBI. He owns a .327/.371/.463 slash line with three homers and 21 RBI in 257 at-bats.

Brock Holt scores twice in blowout loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Red Sox infielder Brock Holt reached base three times out of the leadoff spot Wednesday, in a 16-9 loss to the Cubs.

Though he struck out twice, Holt managed to go 3 for 6 anyways, with three singles. He scored twice in the game, bringing his total to 30 runs scored in 51 games.

Holt is hitting .322/.367/.441 in 211 at-bats with the Red Sox. 


Hitters to start in Week 14


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/29/2014) Looking for a sleeper for Fantasy Week 14 (June 30-July 6)? Mike Zunino, Eric Hosmer, Neil Walker, Brock Holt, Brad Miller and Steve Pearce might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Brock Holt raking from leadoff spot


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Since he was moved to the leadoff spot May 23, Red Sox infielder/outfielder Brock Holt leads the major leagues with 43 hits, notes WEEI.com. Holt's .326 average overall also leads all rookies with at least 100 plate appearances.

Holt went 4 for 9 with a walk and a run scored in two weekend games against the Athletics.


Brock Holt just a short-term Fantasy option


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) With a 0-for-4 performance Wednesday at Baltimore, Red Sox infielder/outfielder Brock Holt saw his hitting streak end at 10 games. Holt hit .413 (19 for 46) with one triple, one home run, four doubles and six RBI in that span.

Holt has been a surprising Fantasy contributor over the last few weeks, as he's averaged 21 Fantasy points over the last three scoring periods. But as I wrote in this week's Waiver Wire column, I'm only considering Holt a stopgap Fantasy option since he doesn't have the track record of being a top offensive producer.

Holt has a .307 average and .372 on-base percentage in his career in the minors, but he doesn't have much home run power and can't be counted on to be a big-time RBI contributor. He wasn't even a great stolen-base threat in the minors.

As long as you don't have to make a great investment in Holt and are willing to bench or cut him when his production tails off, then he's worth the short-term add.


Brock Holt cranks out four hits in win over Tigers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Red Sox infielder Brock Holt enjoyed a productive performance at the plate Sunday night against the Tigers, cranking out four hits in his team's 5-3 victory.

Holt singled in the third, fifth and innings, respectively, and tripled in the seventh inning. He finished 4 for 5 with a run scored. He is hitting .413 (19 for 46) with seven RBI in his last 10 games. He is hitting .339 with one home run and 13 RBI in 115 at-bats this season.

Brock Holt to see first time in the outfield Sunday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Red Sox infielder Brock Holt is expected to make his professional debut in the outfielder Sunday, as the team continues to look for creative ways to keep his bat in the lineup.

Holt has been shagging fly balls in the outfield over the last week, and manager John Farrell told MLB.com Saturday he thinks Holt's athleticism will translate to the outfield. Holt has played third, first and second base for the Red Sox, while hitting .314/.357/.448 in 105 at-bats this season.  


Brock Holt likely to play more first base


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) Red Sox infielder Brock Holt has apparently won a roster spot with his outstanding play over the past two weeks, reports WEEI.com. Holt is hitting .333/.368/.524 with nine doubles and a home run since being recalled for his second major-league stint.

Holt played first base for the first time Sunday, and "likely will see more playing time there thanks to the Red Sox' shortage of healthy first basemen," the report said. Holt also can play the outfield.


Brock Holt cranks out four doubles in win over Rays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Just a day after smacking his first career home run, Red Sox infielder Brock Holt made his presence at the dish again on Sunday, collecting four doubles in his team's 4-0 victory over the Rays.

Holt drove in two runs on a double off starter Erik Bedard in the fourth inning. He finished 4 for 4 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI. He has six hits over his last nine at-bats over the past two games. He is hitting .337 with 11 RBI in 86 at-bats.

Brock Holt slugs first career homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Red Sox infielder Brock Holt might be about to lose playing time in the next future, but he isn't going to go quietly.

Holt went deep in Saturday's start against the Rays, the first home run of his career. He drove in two runs and scored one while going 2 for 5 in a 7-1 win, in what could be one of his last starts.

Holt might have trouble finding playing time with the Red Sox about to add Stephen Drew to the starting lineup. Holt is expected to begin working out in the outfield and at first base in order to keep his bat in the lineup. He is hitting. .305/.352/.427 in 82 at-bats. 


Red Sox to test Brock Holt's flexibility


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) With Stephen Drew's debut looming, the Red Sox are going to have some crowding problems on the left side of the infield. That could leave Brock Holt squeezed for playing time, if he doesn't adapt.

According to MLB.com, Holt will try to play in the outfield as well as first base, once Drew gets the call. Drew is expected to play shortstop, with Xander Bogaerts set to move over to third base. Holt will likely stay as a utility infielder, but will be learning additional positions on the fly, having never played first base or the outfielder before.

"His play and his contributions merit additional flexibility," manager John Farrell told MLB.com.

Holt is hitting .299/.349/.390 in 87 plate appearances for the Red Sox this season. 


Brock Holt continues to be used at the top


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Red Sox infielder Brock Holt continues to be used out of the leadoff spot.

Holt will reprise his role as leadoff hitter Wednesday. Since being called up, Holt has started six games hitting leadoff. Though it's a small sample, he's performed well in the role, hitting .310 over 31 plate appearances. He'll take on the Braves Wednesday.


John Farrell explains unusual batting order


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) John Farrell defended his scrambled lineup Friday for his Red Sox team that owns the longest losing streak in baseball at seven games.

The starting nine features Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts in the first two spots with Dustin Pedroia batting third and David Ortiz fourth.

"(I'm) looking for added length," he told the team website. "We haven't been able to gain continuity."

Farrell also cited quality at-bats from Holt and Bogaerts recently. The former has five hits in his last nine at-bats while the latter has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games to raise his batting average from .252 to .282.


Brock Holt recalled from Triple-A to replace Will Middlebrooks


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) The Red Sox recalled infielder Brock Holt from Triple-A Pawtucket prior to Saturday's game against the Tigers. Holt will take over for Will Middlebrooks, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured finger.

Holt is hitting .315 with one home run, seven stolen bases and seven RBI in 108 at-bats in the minors. He batted .348 with four RBI in 23 in his last stint in the majors earlier this season.

Brock Holt sent down for Will Middlebrooks' return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) The Red Sox optioned infielder Brock Holt to Triple-A Pawtucket Thursday, in order to clear space on the roster for the activation of Will Middlebrooks from the disabled list.

Holt appeared in seven games for the Red Sox during his callup, hitting .348/.429/.435 in 23 at-bats.  


Brock Holt is 'the next candidate' to hit leadoff for Boston


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) The Red Sox used their fifth different leadoff hitter in 20 games when infielder Brock Holt got the nod Monday against the Orioles.

The Red Sox are hopeful Holt, who is batting .400 (4 for 10) since his recall from the minors, will provide a spark atop the lineup since Boston players are batting just .175 (14 for 80) with eight walks out of the leadoff spot.

"He’s had very good at-bats, both lefties and righties," manager John Farrell said, per ESPN. "Throughout his minor-league career he’s been a top-of-the-order hitter, so there’s no hesitancy putting him in that spot. In the short time that he’s been there he’s seen some pitches, he’s had some long at-bats.

"While we’re still searching for that one true guy in that spot, this is the next candidate."


Red Sox promote Brock Holt, dump Ryan Roberts


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) The Red Sox have promoted hot-hitting Brock Holt and placed him in the starting lineup at third base for the Friday night game against Baltimore. Ryan Roberts, who had been brought in to replace the injured Will Middlebrooks, has been designated for assignment.

Holt was batting .380 with six doubles in 50 at-bats at Triple-A Pawtucket before his call-up by the Red Sox. He will bat ninth in his 2014 major league debut.


Brock Holt on his way back to Triple-A


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Red Sox third baseman Brock Holt is heading back to Triple-A Monday.

Holt was called up to replace the injured Will Middlebrooks at third, but the team signed Ryan Roberts for that role Monday. Holt did not appear in a game for the Red Sox while he was up in the majors. 


Red Sox recall infielder Brock Holt


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) The Red Sox recalled infielder Brock Holt from Triple-A Pawtucket after placing third baseman Will Middlebrooks on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. Holt could be with the team as long as Middlebrooks is sidelined.