SF Giants: 5 Ways That Brandon Belt Will Impact the 2012 Lineup

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SF Giants: 5 Ways That Brandon Belt Will Impact the 2012 Lineup
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Brandon Belt had a tough rookie season

When spring training ended in 2011, San Francisco Giants fans were clamoring for Brandon Belt. Due to injuries to Andres Torres and Cody Ross, both of whom could not start the season, the Giants opted to keep Belt with the big club. 

In retrospect, it would have been better for the Giants to give Belt at least half of a season starting at the Triple-A level. Belt's gaudy minor league stats were largely produced in Single-A and Double-A ball.

2011 was a stressful and trying year for Belt in San Francisco. In 189 at-bats, Belt hit only .225 with nine home runs and 18 RBI. Belt struggled at the plate and that forced manager Bruce Bochy to use him off the bench and only give him spot starts. 

Belt also was sent back and forth to the Giants' Triple-A affiliate in Fresno a couple of times. To top that off was the fact that Belt was also hit by a pitch in the wrist which forced him to the DL for a period. All of this resulted in inconsistent playing time, which hindered Belt's progress.

The real question is, will Brandon Belt make a more positive impact for the Giants in 2012?

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