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Brandon Belt | First Baseman

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 219
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Brandon Belt finished 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI single in Monday's 8-3 win over the Royals.
Belt's RBI single came in garbage time, tacking on another run to make it 8-3 in the bottom of the eighth. Belt is a popular bounce-back candidate after missing a large chunk of 2014 due to concussion-related issues. He's batting .325 (13-for-40) so far this spring. Mar 23 - 7:05 PM

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated Friday that Brandon Belt could see some work in the outfield if Angel Pagan is sidelined for any significant period of time.

The team's outfield depth is being tested early with Hunter Pence already on the shelf. If Belt could cover a corner outfield position, it would leave first base open for Travis Ishikawa, or for Buster Posey to see additional time there while sparing his legs behind the plate. The added outfield eligibility for Belt would be helpful from a fantasy perspective.
Mar 20 - 7:14 PM

Brandon Belt went 2-for-2 with a solo home run as the Giants lost to the Brewers in Wednesday's Cactus League exhibition.

Belt walked and scored in the second inning, then took Chris Perez deep to right field for a home run to tie the game up at 3-3. The first baseman is now batting .412 (7-for-17). Belt is a commonly-cited bounce-back candidate after missing a good portion of the 2014 season due to concussion-related issues.
Mar 11 - 7:38 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy on Friday revealed that he's leaning towards hitting Brandon Belt third this season.

Belt has hit in the three spot often the last couple seasons but has spent most of the time batting sixth. It's obviously good news for the first baseman's fantasy prospects as he tries to rebound from an injury-shortened 2014 campaign. Buster Posey hit third most frequently in 2014 but appears pegged for the cleanup spot in 2015.
Feb 6 - 2:37 PM

Giants and 1B Brandon Belt avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.6 million contract.

Belt asked for $4.5 million and was offered $3 million from the Giants when arbitration figures were exchanged on January 16. The 26-year-old first baseman had a somewhat difficult arbitration case after appearing in just 61 games last season due to injuries, and he didn't much get his way in these negotiations. Belt is under contractual control with the Giants through 2017.
Feb 2 - 9:02 AM

Brandon Belt requested $4.5 million and was offered $3 million from the Giants when arbitration figures were exchanged.

MLBTradeRumors.com is on the Giants side of this battle, projecting Belt to earn $3.4 million through the arbitration process. The two sides are likely to meet somewhere in the middle, though the gap is substantial at the moment. The Baby Giraffe clubbed 12 homers and drove home 27 runs in 214 at-bats during an injury-riddled 2014 campaign.
Jan 16 - 9:57 PM

Brandon Belt went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's Wild Card Game win over the Pirates.

Brandon Crawford stole the offensive spotlight with his grand slam, but Belt was arguably the most impressive offensive performer for the Giants in their win. The first baseman had an RBI single in the sixth inning before a two-run single with the bases loaded in the seventh. Belt also walked twice in the game, reaching in four of his five plate appearances.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 11:21:00 PM

Brandon Belt went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the Giants' 9-8 victory over the Padres on Thursday.

A nice final week of the year would at least send Belt out on a high note from what has been a lost season. After a slow start, Belt appeared to be on his way to matching 2013's breakout season (.289/.360/.481) during a hot May in which he slashed .304/.407/.609. That is, before a pitch broke the 26-year-old slugger's hand, which deprived him of nearly two months of games. Belt returned for 11 games and was then hit in the face by an errant throw in batting practice, leading to lingering concussion symptoms and multiple trips to the disabled list. He's slashing .233/.290/.437 with 12 homers in 206 at-bats.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 02:23:00 AM

Brandon Belt (concussion) is in the Giants starting lineup on Friday.

It marks the first time that he has been in there since early August when he suffered a recurrence of his concussion-like symptoms. It has been a season ravaged by injuries for the 26-year-old slugger, who is hitting just .237/.299/.446 with 11 homers and 24 RBI in his 52 contests.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 07:16:00 PM

Giants activated 1B Brandon Belt from the 15-day disabled list.

Belt said he "felt good, completely normal" during batting practice Monday and feels ready for game action. However, just because he's been activated doesn't mean that he'll start playing regularly right away. He's not in the lineup Monday and the Giants figure to be careful with him down the stretch given that he's been limited to just five games since the beginning of August due to post-concussion issues.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 09:55:00 PM

Brandon Belt (concussion) could be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

Belt said he "felt good, completely normal" during batting practice Monday and feels ready for game action. While his activation from the DL appears imminent, it doesn't mean that he'll return to playing regularly the rest of the way. Belt has been limited to just five games since the beginning of August due to post-concussion issues, so the Giants figure to bring him along slowly.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 07:07:00 PM

Brandon Belt (concussion) will face live pitching on Monday.

Belt has been on the shelf since August 8 with a concussion. He's been doing baseball activities since Thursday and Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters on Saturday that he expects the first baseman to return from the disabled list sometime next week.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 06:38:00 PM

Brandon Belt (concussion) will take batting practice on Friday.

Belt is finally making progress in his recovery from post-concussion symptoms and said he feels good enough to pinch hit on Friday. He could rejoin the Giants lineup at some point next week.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 07:54:00 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that he's hoping Brandon Belt (concussion) will be ready for game action in 7-10 days.

He might be limited to pinch-hitting duty initially, but it's possible he could be ready to start. Belt was cleared for full baseball activities on Thursday and could take live batting practice as early as Friday. He has been limited to just five games since the beginning of August due to post-concussion issues.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 09:36:00 PM

Brandon Belt (concussion) has been cleared for full baseball activities.

Belt received the clearance Thursday from Dr. Micky Collins in Pittsburgh. The first baseman has already fielded some grounders and played catch this week, but he'll now be able to ramp up activities and could take live batting practice as early as Friday. Belt should be ready to go later this month if he can avoid setbacks.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 07:37:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Buster Posey
2Andrew Susac
3Hector Sanchez
1B1Brandon Belt
2Adam Duvall
2B1Joe Panik
SS1Brandon Crawford
2Matt Duffy
3Ehire Adrianza
3B1Casey McGehee
2Joaquin Arias
LF1Norichika Aoki
2Travis Ishikawa
3John Bowker
CF1Angel Pagan
2Gregor Blanco
3Gary Brown
RF1Hunter Pence
2Juan Perez
3Justin Maxwell
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Matt Cain
3Tim Hudson
4Jake Peavy
5Tim Lincecum
6Ryan Vogelsong
7Yusmeiro Petit
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Santiago Casilla
2Sergio Romo
3Jeremy Affeldt
4Javier Lopez
5Jean Machi
6Hunter Strickland
7J.C. Gutierrez
8George Kontos
9Erik Cordier
10Clay Rapada
11Curtis Partch