Brock Holt returned from a nasty bout with vertigo on Sunday after missing almost three months, allowing the Boston Red Sox to reclaim their utility man, one who can cover the outfield, first, second and third base as well as shortstop.
It’s no secret that Holt is a jack-of-all-trades. His versatility has long made him an extremely valuable piece for the Red Sox. With the current third base and depth problems, Holt’s that much more important right now.
The 29-year-old appeared in both games of the Red Sox doubleheader with the New York Yankees on Sunday. He combined to go 1-for-5 while playing third base.
On the season, Holt doesn’t have great numbers at the plate. The left-handed hitter has a .150/.292/.150 slash line with one run batted in and two runs scored. While the average is low there are three things to consider.
First off, the .292 on-base percentage is at least decent.
Then there’s the fact that Holt has just 20 at-bats on the year. One big game could fix everything.
Finally, Holt’s still putting together pitch-eating at-bats. He works counts, helping to get the starting pitchers out of the game faster.
It will be interesting to see how the Red Sox use Holt for the time being. While he’s best served as a utility-man, the team needs a third baseman. He could see a lot of time there, to see if he can fill that void. But it stands to reason that Boston would rather have him roaming the entire field, wherever he’s needed.
No matter where he’s playing, Holt will be a major factor in Boston’s second half success. It’s just nice to seem him back on the field.