Brock Holt

Brock Holt on MFB: Playing many positions 'something I enjoy doing'

Ryan Hannable
April 28, 2015 - 7:44 am

Red Sox utility man Brock Holt joined Middays with MFB Tuesday to talk about the start of the season, and also what it's like to play as many positions as he does. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. Holt was traded to the Red Sox in December of 2012 along with closer Joel Hanrahan. Before coming to the Red Sox he was primarily a middle infielder, but the team turned him into a super utility man last year, as he played every position on the field besides pitcher and catcher. Playing the number of positions that he does is something he enjoys, and knows how valuable it is to the team. "I feel like I could start at a lot of different positions," said Holt. "I am starting to feel more comfortable. The more playing time I get at different positions the more comfortable I've become. A lot of people will tell you they'd like to have one position where they go out and work on and play every single day, I've actually enjoyed moving around. It's kind of a blessing in disguise. "Last year I didn't expect to move around and play. Obviously I didn't expect to play -- if someone would have told me growing up I would play first base in the big leagues I would have smacked them in the face. It's something I enjoy doing and it's helpful. It's helpful to the team and I understand how valuable it is to have a guy who can move around and help out guys when they need days off and get our big guys some rest when they need it. It's been a thrill for me." Holt has now started at six positions this year -- shortstop, center field, third base, second base, right field and left field. He hasn't committed an error in his last 42 games (40 starts) dating back to August 3, 2014, combining for 145 total chances. He credits manager John Farrell with giving him advance notice as to where he will be playing in a given game. "I've conditioned myself, but John [Farrell] does a good job of letting us know either the night before, or he'll send us a text that morning saying where we'll play or whenever we get to the field before the lineup gets put up he'll let us know," said Holt. "He does a good job of keeping us informed and letting us know when and where we'll play." This past offseason the Red Sox added Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, which could have taken some playing time away from Holt. As shown so far this season that hasn't been the case, which was something Holt was reassured of during the offseason. "Obviously, I was pretty excited about the moves," he said. "Everyone wants to be part of a winning team and I felt like the moves that they made made us better. It was an exciting offseason for everyone I think and looking forward to the season. I got some phone calls from Ben [Cherington] and John [Farrell] they let me know that my season last year didn't go unnoticed and they would probably use me in the same way that I had played last year. I was just looking forward to the season coming in. With the offseason improvements that we made and some of the arms that we got. I think everyone was looking forward to it, including myself."