Pirates Add Former Bulldog for September


PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Friday that former Navarro College and Rice University middle infielder Brock Holt will be promoted to the major league club on September 1.

Holt, a Stephenville product, was named MVP at Class AA Altoona after hitting an Eastern League-high .322 with 2-43-11. He then was promoted to Class AAA Indianapolis, where he became the team’s leadoff hitter in its final 24 games.  Holt hit .432 with 1-7-5 and fashioned a nine-game hitting streak.

The Pirates noticed the 5-10, 165-pound, lefthanded hitter’s overall and late success, and rewarded him with a call-up.  Holt will back up second baseman Neil Walker, shortstop Clint Barmes and utility player Josh Harrison — and likely will contribute as the Pirates are embroiled in a tight race for a National League Wild Card slot.  Walker, has been dealing with lower back inflammation, and may be sidelined several more days.

Holt, a four-year letterwinner at Stephenville, was a two-time, first-team Texas Eastern Athletic Conference baseball selection for Coach Whoa Dill’s Bulldogs.  He played in 46 games in 2008 when Navarro set a record for single-season victories. For the Bulldogs that year, Holt scored 60 runs and hit .405 with 7-33-20.  He also hit 14 doubles and 6 triples.

He was drafted by Pittsburgh in the 9th Round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft.  He will join the big-league club as it wraps up its roadtrip in Milwaukee, and returns home for a three-game series against the Houston Astros.