Life after Littlefield: Who is Brock Holt and where does he fit in Pirates’ plans?


Jarrod Blumer, Contributor

Anyone who pays even the slightest bit of attention to the Pirates should get accustomed to hearing a new name, at least through the rest of the season. That new name is Brock Holt. At the beginning of the season only a few fans had probably heard of him. However, at the moment, he is the starting second baseman and leadoff hitter in Clint Hurdle’s lineup.

A former ninth round pick from Rice University in the 2009 amateur draft, the 24-year-old rookie made his major league debut just four days ago and hasn’t looked back.  After spending most of the year (102 games) in Double-A Altoona, Holt was promoted to Triple-A Indy on Aug. 6.  Following 24 games playing for the Indianapolis Indians with an impressive line of .432/ .476/ .537, Holt was called up to the big leagues to replace injured Neil Walker at second base in the field and outfielder Starling Marte in the leadoff spot of the batting order.

Throughout his first four games in the majors, Holt has hit .462 while getting on base at a .500 rate.  Now, after seeing numbers like that, most casual fans want to hand him the key to the city of Pittsburgh.  However, this sample size is extremely small, and I don’t even think extremely defines it well enough.  Granted the kid came up and has six hits in four games; four of them coming last night in a 4-5 effort in a win over the Houston Astros, but he still has a ton of work to prove that he deserves to stay in the Pirates’ lineup down the stretch.

Kevin Correia takes the hill tonight at 7:05 p.m. as the Buccos look to salvage a series win against the last place Astros.  Yeah there are about four weeks worth of games left, but the Pirates need to start a nice-sized winning streak and who better to start that against than a team who has cut over $20 million in salaries over the past two months?