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Much was made about the fact that the Giants didn't make a push to sign an impact bat this offseason, and they'll once again rely on their terrific pitching staff and MVP Buster Posey to carry the team.
However, one player who could take a step forward and make a significant impact at the plate is first baseman Brandon Belt.
After a huge first pro season in 2010 in which he hit .352/.455/.620 with 23 home runs and 22 steals, Belt shot him up the prospect rankings and, after an up-and-down season in the majors in 2011, quietly had a good 2012 campaign.
While his power wasn't there with just seven home runs, he hit .275/.360/.421. Belt, who will turn 25 this season, could be ready to take the next step and play a big part in the Giants' lineup.
Having gone 14-for-30 with four home runs and nine RBI so far this spring, he'll look to keep that momentum going into the season.