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Quick! Who’s going to play first base this season for the Giants? Aubrey Huff? Pablo Sandoval? How about an esteemed member of Bleacher Report’s staff?
Well, whoever it is, they’re going to have a world of trouble holding off prospect Brandon Belt.
Aubrey Huff is 34 and on the decline—not exactly what I would call a long-term answer—and Pablo Sandoval had to drop a whopping 40-plus pounds just to prevent the organization from sending him to the minors.
Not to mention, Sandoval is in his contract year.
As far as an esteemed member of B/R's staff, it’s speculated that the entire staff declined to try out for the team on account that the Giants are like four blocks away…that’s far when you’re already on the fourth freaking floor ya know!
Brandon Belt showed just why the Giants view him as the future power bat for San Francisco, hitting a combined .352 with 23 home runs and 112 RBI in with 93 walks, a .455 on-base percentage and a .620 slugging percentage in right around 136 games…what?
He also had a respectable 99 strikeouts in 492 at bats, but it doesn’t stop there.
In the Arizona Fall League, Belt hit .372 with 16 RBI and a .427 on-base percentage in just 22 games.
While I firmly believe the Giants will do their best to improve upon their patchwork outfield in the coming years, I can surely see them calling up the kid in an effort to provide some run insurance for an entire season—run insurance that has limited liability that is.
A new face for the dirty dozen, so to speak.
And with that type of an approach, it will be real tough to keep the Giants out of postseason contention for years to come.
Amazing what one player could potentially bring to the plate, isn't it?
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As a final caveat, there are so many other player I could've mentioned such as Mike Minor more extensively, Jordan Lyles, Josh Vitters, Matt Moore, Zach Wheeler and so on and so on.
But I had a limited space to work with here, so by all means, don't just be the reader. Chime in with who you think is a great prospect to mentioned for the upcoming 2011 season and let the discussion begin!