Coming in to the 2011 season, one position player that I had my eye on was Brock Holt. The 23 year old middle infielder was making the jump to AA after putting up some impressive numbers in A-ball the previous two years. Holt was a ninth round pick in the 2009 draft, and signed almost immediately. He went on to hit for a .299/.361/.449 line in 254 at-bats in the New York-Penn League. In 2010 he hit for a .351/.410/.438 line in 194 at-bats in the Florida State League, having his season shortened by an MCL injury.
The impressive thing was that Holt put up strong numbers in two of the most pitcher friendly leagues in the minors. His jump to AA this year was a little aggressive, considering he skipped over full season A-ball, and had l...
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