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One of the most impressive players coming out of spring training, Brandon Belt is poised for an incredible rookie season for the San Francisco Giants.
The Giants, no stranger to a super-star youngster, picked Belt with a fifth-round selection in the 2009 draft and he posted an incredible 2010 across the Giants three minor league levels.
Batting a combined .352 with a 1.076 OPS in 2010, Belt can be seen as an underrated ROY candidate, but he will change opinions in 2011 as San Fran’s starting first baseman.
Belt will impress with his ability to work the count and hit his pitch, his ability to create a power stroke from a smooth swing and his power to all fields.
He is an athletic defender that isn’t afraid to get dirty and he will have to impress Giants leadership early on if he wants to continue his starting gig after Cody Ross returns from the disabled list.
Look for Belt to make a few highlight reel plays while hitting in the middle of the Giants lineup on his way to the 2011 ROY award.