San Francisco Giants: Brandon Belt Will Have a Monster Year in 2012

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San Francisco Giants: Brandon Belt Will Have a Monster Year in 2012
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After Brandon Belt failed to live up to the incredibly high and unrealistic expectations in 2011, there is reason to believe that he'll turn things around in 2012 and become the player that the San Francisco Giants originally anticipated.

It was a rough year for Belt in 2011. When looking at his stats (.225/.306/.412), it's hard to chalk up the season as anything but a huge disappointment.

But when you look at his numbers a little more closely, his .718 OPS meant that he was nothing less than a league average hitter.

So could have Belt's struggles in the majors been a bit overemphasized?

They certainly were. Not only was Belt the most mishandled prospect of 2011, but he had a tough act to follow after Buster Posey's incredible rookie season just one year prior.

So now that Belt's 2011 season is nothing more than a distant memory, here's why Giants fans should be feeling optimistic about what Belt can potentially do with the bat in 2012.

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