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Brandon Belt: 3 Reasons to Remain Skeptical About the SF Giants First Baseman

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Brandon Belt: 3 Reasons to Remain Skeptical About the SF Giants First Baseman
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After a torrid June in which he hit .296/.400/.563 with all four of his home runs on the season, it appeared that Brandon Belt had finally arrived.

Then, in July, he fell off the face of the earth, hitting just .186/.266/.214. He heated up toward the end of the month and has hit .362/.436/.493 thus far in August.

While Belt has been inconsistent, there are things to like about his performance. Among players with at least 200 plate appearances, Belt ranks 23rd in walk rate, and first on the Giants. His .361 on-base percentage is third on the team behind Melky Cabrera and Buster Posey and in the top 50 in all of baseball.

He's also got surprising speed given his size and propensity to look awkward. He's a positive asset with the glove, saving between two and five runs depending on your metric of choice.

However, there are three reasons to remain skeptical that Belt will live up to the potential he showed in the minor leagues, when he hit .343/.457/.596 and forced his way to the big leagues after only one full season on the farm.

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