San Francisco Giants: 5 Players Who Stand to Lose When Brandon Belt Returns
Brandon Belt, who played well at times during his brief stint in the majors, has been outstanding at Triple-A Fresno. There is a great chance that he will be called up again at some point in the year, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him sooner rather than later.
When he does make it back, it won't be without consequences for other players on the team. But which players stand to lose the most with his return?
No. 5. 1B Aubrey Huff
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2011 Stats: 13 R, 4 HR, 20 RBIs, .228 AVG
When Brandon Belt returns to the majors, Aubrey Huff will definitely be the most impacted player.
He doesn't, however, have a ton to lose.
Huff will most likely move back to right field, although his performance wasn't spectacular, to say the least, at the beginning of the year.
Belt is the true first baseman of the future for San Francisco, so even if he does start out in the outfield, it won't be long before he moves back to the infield.
No. 4. OF Pat Burrell
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2011 Stats: 12 R, 5 HR, 11 RBI, .241 AVG
Besides Aubrey Huff, the only players that have anything to lose are in the Giants outfield.
With another player being squeezed into the roster, Pat Burrell is one of many who will see less at-bats. Bochy has been starting Burrell as high in the lineup as fourth, and seems to be strongly favoring him in left field.
With Burrell's decent overall performance this year, he shouldn't have to worry too much about Belt's presence.
No. 3. OF Cody Ross
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2011 Stats: 9 R, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 2 SB, .260 AVG
Cody Ross won the game for the Giants on Wednesday night after he hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning against Los Angeles.
Ross has pretty solid numbers this season, considering he started the year on the disabled list. He clearly isn't the top outfielder on the team, so he would definitely be an option to get replaced if Belt were to return.
It's also clear that Ross isn't the worst outfielder on the team, so he does deserve some playing time.
No. 2. OF Aaron Rowand
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2011 Stats: 19 R 1 HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB, .250 AVG
The only reason that I'm not putting Aaron Rowand as the guy with the most to lose is because he doesn't deserve any playing time, in my opinion.
For some reason, Rowand has been seeing plenty of at-bats playing left and center field, but his .158 average over the last two weeks has been anything but impressive.
With an extra man in the outfield, Rowand should see a significant decrease in playing time.
No. 1. OF Nate Schierholtz
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2011 Stats: 9 R, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 3 SB, .282 AVG
Nate Schierholtz has been terrific in the little amount of playing time he's gotten this year.
Time and again, Schierholtz has come through in the clutch for the Giants, both with his bat and his arm. Even though Schierholtz could be a starting outfielder on a lot of teams, he isn't at the top of the depth chart for San Francisco.
If Belt does return to the majors, Schierholtz will see even less time than he does now.