Brock Holt has done more than just gain a foothold in Major League Baseball.
Holt, a Stephenville product, is the leading hitter for the Boston Red Sox, posting a .326 average through 24 starts and 95 at bats this season. Only a pair of batters with one or two at bats have higher averages for the defending World Series champions.
Holt, who continues to bounce back and forth between Triple A Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and the Major League club in Boston, even hit his first home run Saturday night, a 2-run blast in the third inning that helped the Red Sox to a 7-1 American League East Division victory over Tampa Bay at Boston's Fenway Park.
The homer was part of a 2-for-5 night for Holt, who has been leading off for the Sox. He followed with a 4-for-4 performance that included a double in a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. Holt has 11 total extra base hits, nine of them doubles.
The former Yellow Jacket, Navarro College and Rice standout has played the corner infield spots when he's been with the Red Sox this season. He's started 21 games and played 193.1 innings at third, making 46 assists and 17 putouts with just three errors. In three games and 25 innings at first, he's had 26 chances, 20 put outs, five assists and an error. He's been a part of nine total double plays, six of them while playing at first base.
Holt first broke into the Majors with Pittsburg near the end of the 2012 season. He was traded to Boston before 2013 began, and spent the year moving back and forth from the Majors to Pawtucket. He did not compete in the playoffs with the Red Sox, but did receive a World Series ring.
The Red Sox have already made their annual regular season trip to Arlington to face the Texas Rangers, but they do return to Texas July 11-13 for a three-game weekend series at the Houston Astros.