After recovering from his 2010 knee injury, where will Brock Holt start the 2011 season?
The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Brock Holt in the ninth round of the 2009 draft, selecting the middle infielder out of Rice University. Holt played second base at Rice, due to Rick Hague playing shortstop, although he has spent most of his time with the Pirates working at short, especially during the 2009 season.
After signing in 2009, Holt went on to put up a .299/.361/.449 line in 285 plate-appearances in the New York-Penn League. He made a somewhat aggressive jump to high-A for his first full season, and started off strong with a .347/.407/.435 line in 218 plate appearances. However, he went down with a knee injury in June, forcing him to get season ending surgery.
John Dreker of Pirates Prospects talked with Brock about his college career, his injury in 2010, and a look ahead to his 2011 season. Here is what Brock had to say:
John Dreker: Hey Brock, thanks for doing this. Could y...
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.