Holt called up to Majors to join Pirates

BRAD KEITH brad.keith@empiretribune.com
Brock Holt

For those who have the talent and put in the work, dreams can come true.

Just ask Brock Holt.

The middle infielder and Stephenville native was called up from Triple A to the Major League by the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday, the last day teams could select or recall players from the minors and have them eligible for the MLB post season.

The Pirates were 9.5 games behind National League Central leader Cincinnati as of Saturday afternoon, but trailed defending World Series champ St. Louis by just a half game for the final wildcard spot. The Pirates entered Saturday’s game at Milwaukee with a record of 70-61.

Holt cut his teeth in the Class A Short Season league with State College, Pa., then was moved by the Pirates organization to Bradenton, Fla. to compete in Class A Advanced. He was with Double-A Altoona, Pa. the majority of this season, then moved to Triple-A Indianapolis.

From Aug. 7-Aug. 29, Holt led all of Triple-A with 34 hits, posting a sky-high .440 batting average.

Holt started his college career at Navarro College in Corsicana before transferring to Rice University in Houston.

The Pirates and Brewers played an afternoon game Saturday, making Holt unavailable for comment.

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