Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 9/5/12
With his four hits last night, Brock Holt quickly ascended to the top of every single Pirate fan's "Please tell me this guy can be better than Clint Barmes when Neil Walker comes back" list. Because of the Pirates' utter lack of shortstop depth in the minors before Alen Hanson's emergence this year (and maybe again after Hanson makes what seems like an inevitable move to second base) I've been keeping an eye on Holt since he was drafted in the 9th round of the 2009 draft in the same way that I tried to keep tabs on Jordy Mercer and Chase d'Arnaud before him; I don't always write about prospects here but he's definitely one of the few guys I tried to keep an eye on beyond the obvious top prospects. Let's get a Brock Holt career history out of the way here. He signed quickly after being drafted in 2009 and went to State College, just like you'd expect a college draftee to do. He performed pretty well there, hitting .299/.361/.449 with six homers (more than half of his career minor lea...
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