Brock Holt has been diagnosed with a torn MCL, will be on crutches for six weeks, and will likely require surgery. This will likely end his first full season in the Pirates’ organization. Holt was injured on June 5th in a collision with second baseman Adenson Chourio.
Holt, drafted in the ninth round in the 2009 draft, put up a .299/.361/.449 line in 254 at-bats with State College last year. He made a surprise jump to Bradenton this year, where he put up a .351/.410/.438 line in 194 at-bats before the injury. A lot of that was due to Holt’s .413/.472/.514 line in 109 at-bats in hitter friendly McKechnie Field, although Holt did have a respectable .271/.330/.341 line on the road in the pitcher friendly Florida State League.
Holt’s placement was aggressive, so missing the rest of the season might not be a long term blow to the organization. With a healthy season, there’s a chance Holt could have ended up in AA by the end of the year, although he likely would have started the 2011 season in AA. There is a chance that with his 2010 success, he could start the 2011 season at AA, or at least make it to the level after a short time in high-A.
Although Holt had been playing shortstop, long term he is probably the top second base prospect in the organization. The emergence of Neil Walker this year helps to lessen the blow from this injury, as Holt won’t be needed on a fast track to the majors.