The Giants have some significant issues at first base whether they like it or not. Aubrey Huff is not getting any younger, and Pablo Sandoval is going to have to prove that his weight loss experiment, and eye surgery from a year ago, is enough to force the San Francisco Giants to make him a new contract offer at the end of the season.
But if Huff’s age catches up with him and Sandoval falls by the wayside, the Giants have some significant insurance at first base in Brandon Belt; insurance that is incredibly buy-low stock for your fantasy baseball team and fantasy baseball draft.
Brandon Belt showed last year just why the Giants view him as their future power bat, hitting a combined .352 with 23 home runs and 112 RBI with 93 walks, a .455 on-base percentage and a .620 slugging percentage in just 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 Belt in an effort to provide some run assurance for an entire season; run assurance that has limited liability, that is.
For those of you in deeper or keeper leagues, Belt is a fine option to consider for rounding out your roster spots, and when he does get the call up this season, you’ll be a happy clam knowing you have the ability to plug him in and try him out.