Shortly after I posted on who would take over at third base after the trade of Jose Iglesias, it seems the Red Sox have given their answer. Brock Holt will be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to play third base and generally act as a utility infielder for the foreseeable future. Holt is not a flashy player in the least, but he has proven that he can get the job done as a short-term option.
Holt has come up to the Red Sox in one previous stint this year. In this stint, he performed well through 10 games, posting a .290/.333/.290 slash line and even piecing together a little eight-game hitting streak. Holt has virtually no power at all, but he has more walks than strikeouts in the majors this year and has proven to be a good role player.
Holt will likely platoon with Brandon Snyder at third base; in Pawtucket, Holt has only a .203/.293/.403 slash line against lefties as opposed to a .291/.344/.333 line against righties. Overall, in a larger sample size, he is only hitting .264/.328/.293 in Pawtucket. However, he’s one of those guys that is just fun to watch. He is versatile and plays the game hard; he’ll do just fine until Middlebrooks or Bogaerts is ready for a promotion.