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San Francisco Giants Player Review: Brandon Belt

November 12th, 2012 at 2:50 PM
By Michael Almonte

San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt made great strides in 2012 proving to be an important piece of the team's puzzle in the years to come with his bat and glove.

'Brandon Belt' photo (c) 2012, Aunti Juli - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Belt came alive this season batting .275 in 145 games connecting with 113 hits, 27 doubles, six triples, 56 RBI's, seven homers and 54 walks. He produced a .360 on-base percentage and .421 slugging percentage equaling a respectable .781 OPS. 

Nicknamed the "Baby Giraffe", Belt recorded 28 multi-hit games and five three-hit games that included a season-high 11-game hitting streak lasting from June 12-June 23. He managed two four-hit games with the first coming on August 12 against the Colorado Rockies and August 30 on the road facing the Houston Astros in his native state of Texas. Belt had a season-high of 4 RBI's facing the Rockies on September 11.

His best month of the season took place in August batting .349 smacking 30 hits, nine doubles, seven RBI's and eight walks in 27 games. He showcased a .411 on-base percentage and .477 slugging percentage totaling a .887 OPS. Belt was at his best following the All-Star break batting .293 in 72 games.

'Brandon Belt' photo (c) 2012, Aunti Juli - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The lefty started 102 games at first committing just eight errors producing a solid .992 fielding percentage on the year. He made some spectacular catches throughout the year and look for him to be in contention for a Gold Glove Award in the upcoming years.

During the postseason, Belt batted just .184 drilling nine hits, one double, two triples, one homer, three RBI's and seven walks in 15 games. He recorded three multi-hit games in the postseason helping the team capture the title.

'Brandon Belt' photo (c) 2012, btwashburn - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

One area Belt will need to improve on for 2013 is batting against left-handed pitchers where he managed a .242 average compared to a .290 average facing righties. Belt improved and got better each day of every month showing Giants management he has the talent to be an everyday player. The core of this Giants team is young and Belt is one of those stars who will be a fixture in the lineup. Belt has All-Star and superstar skills with J.T. Snow's defensive talents equaling one heck of a player. Expect Belt to be big in 2013. 

Tags: Baseball, Brandon Belt, J.T. Snow, MLB, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants

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