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Brock Holt’s path to the Major Leagues and to being an integral part of the Red Sox organization over the past five seasons has been paved with timely moments and capitalized opportunities, many of which boiled down to him simply being flexible and finding ways to continue his playing career.
Played for little-known Stephenwood High School in Texas and may never have been noticed outside of his league had his school’s home field been flooded out and the team forced to play a pair of games at Navarro College two hours away.
Navarro’s coach took quick notice of him and offered him a scholarship on the spot. He played there for two years and later transferred to national powerhouse Rice University where he was eventually drafted by Pittsburgh.
A Boston scout watching a series between Altoona (Pirates) and New Britain (Twins) late in the 2012 season to report on Gerrit Cole, Oswaldo Arcia and Aaron Hicks, among others, noticed Holt and filed a glowing report on him.
That December, Holt was included in the deal that brought closer Joel Hanrahan to Boston.
Holt has since started at every spot on the field save for pitcher and catcher for the big league club and was Boston’s lone All-Star in 2015.