San Francisco Giants have one of the fine young hitters in the game ready to step into the full time job at first base this coming season. Brandon Belt just looks dangerous every time he steps into the box. Some say he is one of the best hitting prospect in the National League.
So far, during the first full week of Spring Training, Belt is hitting .333 (8 for 24) with half of his hits being extra base taps (two doubles and two home runs). What makes him dangerous is every time he swings it sends a shiver through the opposition. Twice, before he knocked a hit this Spring, he had long, loud foul balls, way down the line. The big (6’5″, 220 lbs), powerfully built left handed Texas native hitter, drafted following his Junior year at the University of Texas by the Giants, makes even the best pitchers think twice about where to pitch him.
Only Logan Schafer of the Milwaukee Brewers has looked as impressive this Spring. But Schafer won’t make the Opening Day club this year. He may have to follow the path Belt made last season where he came up with the big club at the beginning of 2011 but failed to stick with the club before being sent down.
This year it could be Belt’s break out season.
At least that is what the sweet winds of Spring are blowing in the Valley of the Sun this March.
What the Giants lacked last year, Belt will make up for it. Along with Buster Posey and Melky Cabrera, the hitting shoes of the Giants may now match the powerful pitching staff, one of the best in the Majors.