Brandon Belt Makes the Cut
Brandon Belt will start the season as the Giants’ starting first basemen. The promising young star hit .319 and .323 in his two years at the University of Texas. He tore up Single-A+ pitching to the tune of a .383 batting average and a 1.120 OPS last year. He jumped to Double-A Richmond and continued to produce hitting .337 with a 1.036 OPS. He wasn’t as successful with Triple-A Fresno hitting .229, but managed a .956 OPS. His combined numbers over the three levels are .352, 99 runs, 23 HR, 112 RBI, and 22 stolen bases in 492 at bats.
He hasn’t let up this spring hitting .282 with ten runs, three HRs, 13 RBI, and two SBs in 71 at bats. The question is whether on not his hot hitting can carry over the regular season. Given the way he’s handled himself with the bat at every level he has played, I wouldn’t put it past him. If you’re looking for some a player on your waiver wire with big upside, consider Belt.