Former Rice Owl Brock Holt, currently of the Boston Red Sox, was named to the American League All Star team for next week's mid-summer classic in Cincinnati.
This season Holt has maintained a .295 batting average with 15 doubles, four triples, 21 RBI and a .383 on-base percentage. He's produced on the major league level to be sure, but it's his unique, jack-of-all-trades versatility that has made him the most uncommon of assets. Though he has recently been playing second base for Boston (the same position he played for the Owls in 2009), Holt has also played third base (12 times), shortstop (six times), first base (three) and all three outfield positions (a total of 24 times) in 66 games for the Red Sox.
Holt's road to the 86th Major League All-Star Game went through Rice under head coach Wayne Graham. In Holt's one season with the Owls he was named to the NCAA All-Regional Team and selected in the fourth-round MLB draft. The Stephenville, Texas, native batted a steady .348 that year, but he turned it up in the clutch by hitting .375 in the Owls' run through the NCAA Tournament. Holt was the Rice leadoff batter who finished second on the team with 12 home runs.
The Rice baseball program has had 32 former players reach the major leagues, but Holt is only the third Owl to be selected to the annual All-Star Game. Norm Charlton was a 1992 All-Star and Lance Berkman was a six-time selection.
The 86th All-Star Game is scheduled for a national television broadcast by FOX on July 14 (Tues.) and will reach baseball fans in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio broadcast, while the MLB Network and SiriusXM will also have comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.