Brock Holt is off to another hot start with the Boston Red Sox, posting 32 hits in just 25 games played including 11 extra-base hits and 13 RBIs.
Yet Holt knows the nature of Major League Baseball, and he’s not taking anything for granted.
The versatile infielder has acted as a valuable stopgap this season since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket, filling in at third base for the injured Will Middlebrooks before taking over at first base when Mike Napoli was placed on the 15-disabled list.
Holt admits that swapping positions has been difficult, but for a 25-year-old fighting for a roster spot, he’s certainly not complaining.
“Adding a new position is new to me. But changing positions is something I’ve always done,” Holt said, via the Boston Globe. “I used to go back and forth between second and shortstop. Then I added third base last year and now first base. At first I was wondering what that all meant. But now I realize it means they want me to play.”
Holt’s time in the sun may be limited, as the injuries to Middlebrooks and Napoli will eventually heal. If the Fort Worth, Texas native keeps hitting, though, he knows there will be a spot for him in the lineup somewhere.
“I’ll do whatever they ask me to do,” Holt said. “I’ve never really played the outfield but I’m sure I could. I’ve come too far in this to worry about that sort of thing.”