Holt's emergence could generate All-Star buzz

Holt's emergence could generate All-Star buzz

NEW YORK -- Though much of the season has been marked with frustration for the Red Sox, the story that keeps on giving is the emergence of Brock Holt.

The super-utility man is playing every day, and not only coming through on offense, but also flashing the leather no matter where he plays.

Since May 23, Holt has played all 321 innings of Boston's 34 games. You wonder if Holt can generate enough notice to warrant consideration for a spot on the American League All-Star squad.

Though he isn't on the ballot to be selected as a starter, Holt could generate some consideration as a manager's selection -- Red Sox manager John Farrell will lead the AL -- or the Final Vote ballot.

In Friday night's 6-0 loss to the Yankees, Holt made a tremendous leaping catch against the wall in right to take extra bases -- perhaps even a home run -- away from Brian Roberts.

In the eighth, Holt made a nice sliding snare against Carlos Beltran.

"He's doing a great job for us in right field," said Farrell. "He makes a diving catch in short center field to take away a base hit, leadoff walk to [start] the game, a double into right-center field, goes up against the wall in right field to make another good catch. Brock has done a very good job in that role."

At the plate, Holt has hit safely in 31 out of his last 34 games.

He generated one of just two extra-base hits the Sox had on Friday against the Yankees, ripping a double in the third.

"I feel good," said Holt. "It's been a good run. I'm trying to continue to do what I've been doing, stay with my approach and get in a good position to hit and put a good swing on a good pitch."

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.