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First Pitch: Can Brock Holt Play Shortstop?

First Pitch: Can Brock Holt Play Shortstop?

The most popular question I saw on Twitter tonight was "How many different movie titles, song titles, or Arrested Development references can we make using Brock Holt's name?" The second most popular question was "Can Brock Holt play shortstop?"

Brock Holt(!) is off to a great start to his pro career, hitting for a .462/.500/.538 line in 14 plate appearances after tonight's four-hit game. And he's played shortstop in the past, even though he's better suited defensively for second base. A guy off to a hot start at the plate who has played shortstop in the past usually leads to the "can he play shortstop in the majors" question.

We'll get back to whether Holt can play shortstop in a second. First, let's look at two other recent candidates for the shortstop position.

The first was Josh Harrison. He went on a ten-game hitting streak in late-May, and played a few games at short during that time period. His hitting streak brought his season OPS up to .774, which combined with the horrible ...

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