Thursday, December 31, 2015

Don't Ignore Brock Holt's Importance On 2016 Red Sox

Brock Holt
There is an urban Red Sox myth that Brock Holt collapses in the second half of seasons. While it's true that the super utility player doesn't end up with his monster early-season-numbers—his final stats are still pretty darned good. For example, in 2015, Holt had the fourth highest average on the team at .280 (third on the team among those playing in at least 100 games). Looking for consistency? OK, in 2014, he hit .281. So, while he doesn't maintain his mid-.300s average the whole year, you can count on .280 with around a .340 or so OBP. Last year, Holt improved in games played (129 over 106 in 2014), RBIs (45 over 29 in 2014) and OPS (.727 over .711 in 2014). With the inevitable injuries that will occur (we're looking at you Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval), you can be sure that Holt will get significant playing time again in 2016. He is a very important piece to his year's edition of The Carmine Hose.