By now you know that Red Sox’ super utility man, Brock Holt, will be Boston’s lone representative at tonight’s All Star game. While there were arguably other candidates on Boston’s roster to send to Cincinnati, it was Holt’s versatility that awarded him with the honor.
Since Holt is a known jack-of-all trades, the question for Red Sox fans now becomes, “where will Holt play upon entering the game?”. The question seems easy to answer at its surface, since the infielder-by-trade can pretty much play wherever he is needed. And, in the end, Holt may very well move all over the diamond. But where is the best spot for the first-time All-Star to enter the game?
Usually, All-Star game managers do their best to play everyone on the roster for at least an inning or two, but Holt’s dexterity allows Royals skipper Ned Yoast to keep the 28-year old in the game while cycling in new players. For the majority of the season, Holt has seen the most action in the outfield and at his native second base. Looking at the construction of the American League roster, the outfield is stacked with seven total players, while second base features three players ahead of Holt. First base would also be a tricky position for Holt to enter the game. The American League roster features three first baseman that all possess strong bats that can’t be stowed away in a DH spot. Similarly, third base is a solid offensive (and defensive) position with the likes of Josh Donaldson, Manny Machado, and Mike Moustakas occupying roster spots. Shortstop, perhaps the thinnest position on the American League side in terms of depth, boasts solid all around players in Alcides Escobar and Jose Iglesias as well.
So where does this leave Holt? My guess would be that Holt makes an appearance with the early-mid innings wave of replacements in the outfield. Since his versatility allows Yoast to play him everywhere, he doesn’t have to over think his decision to cycle Holt in. Once Yoast is ready to use one of his other bench options, Holt can slide virtually anywhere and role with the changes of the American League’s starting nine.
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