Brandon Belt
Brandon Belt
30-Year-Old First Baseman1B
San Francisco Giants
Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 2/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Belt missed most of the final two months of the season with a concussion -- the fourth of his career -- curtailing what was likely going to be his first 20-homer season as a big-league player. The gains Belt made with his plate discipline in 2016 continued, as he kept his strikeout rate under 25 percent while walking nearly 15 percent of the time. Surprisingly, his batting average tumbled, but that may have been the result of a combination of bad luck, and a slight drop in the number of balls he hit to the opposite field. The good news on the health front is that Belt was fully cleared for offseason workouts soon after the conclusion of the regular season. There is 25-homer power in his bat, but the concerns are two fold: health leads the way, but the quality of the offense around him is another area of intrigue as the Giants attempt to reshape their roster after finishing 14th out of 15 National League teams in runs scored last season. Read Past Outlooks
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Season likely over
1BSan Francisco Giants
Knee
September 19, 2018
Manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that Belt's (knee) season is likely over, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
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Belt is on the bench for a fifth straight game as he continues to battle a recurring knee issue. While an MRI over the weekend revealed no structural damage, continued discomfort has prompted the Giants to send the veteran first baseman back to San Francisco for additional testing. He could undergo surgery in the near future. Either way, Belt figures to sit out the remainder of the season with the Giants out of playoff contention, leaving Austin Slater and Aramis Garcia to cover first base.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+23%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .756 516 52 12 60 2 .245 .345 .411
Since 2016vs Right .855 1046 138 37 119 5 .265 .379 .476
2018vs Left .628 157 9 2 14 0 .221 .312 .316
2018vs Right .822 299 41 12 32 4 .270 .358 .464
2017vs Left .713 147 19 4 15 2 .223 .313 .400
2017vs Right .879 304 44 14 36 1 .250 .375 .504
2016vs Left .883 212 24 6 31 0 .279 .392 .492
2016vs Right .861 443 53 11 51 0 .273 .395 .466
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+13%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .828 768 102 22 87 2 .260 .370 .458
Since 2016Away .815 794 88 27 92 5 .257 .365 .450
2018Home .819 223 29 8 29 1 .265 .354 .464
2018Away .695 233 21 6 17 3 .241 .330 .365
2017Home .774 220 32 8 18 1 .225 .341 .433
2017Away .871 231 31 10 33 2 .256 .368 .503
2016Home .872 325 41 6 40 0 .281 .400 .472
2016Away .864 330 36 11 42 0 .269 .388 .476
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Stat Review
How does Brandon Belt compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.46
 
BB Rate
10.7%
 
K Rate
23.4%
 
BABIP
.313
 
ISO
.160
 
AVG
.255
 
OBP
.344
 
SLG
.415
 
OPS
.759
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Belt took another step forward as a professional hitter in 2016, but it was tough to notice from a fantasy perspective. The noticeable improvement was in his plate discipline, finishing with a .394 on-base percentage, good enough for fourth among all first basemen. Unless his owners participated in leagues that count on-base percentage, then they were likely left wanting more from Belt. He'll never be the power threat many thought he would be when he broke into the league, but he will get on-base at an elite clip and provide mid-level counting stats. The only potential for improvement would be if manager Bruce Bochy elects to move him to second in the batting order (something he experimented with for seven games last season), or if he begins to steal bases again. The former would create more potential for runs if he can get on in front of Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford.
Belt turned in one of his best seasons from an offensive standpoint in 2015, though he went through a series of hot and cold streaks throughout the season, providing immense fantasy value when hot, but close to nothing during his dry spells. One can really see his polarizing value when looking at his monthly splits from 2015. In the months of April, June, and September, Belt batted .242 with just three home runs; in the months of May, July, and August, he batted .320 with 15 homers. So while his overall numbers suggest a steady, multi-category contributor (i.e. Eric Hosmer), Belt was more of a feast-or-famine asset. Looking towards 2016, Belt should continue to see the majority of the starts at first base, and the occasional start in left when Buster Posey needs a day off. In roto leagues, Belt is a mid-level first baseman to target, but for those in head-to-head leagues, it would be best to let another team draft him and deal with the ups and downs
Last year was the second consecutive season in which Belt hit at least 10 homers. That’s about the only positive that can be taken from a season in which he first missed eight weeks with a thumb injury and then had to deal with concussion symptoms in the second half. Belt had a weird season statistically in that 10 of his 12 homers came against righties, but his batting average was 30 points better against lefties. Historically, he does not have splits in terms of batting average, but 33 of his 45 career home runs have come against righties. It feels like Belt is on the verge of a career breakout as he has flashed the skills necessary to be a productive player, but injuries in 2014 derailed that progress. Perhaps that will hold down his draft value so savvy owners can pounce on a player who has .280/25/100 potential.
It was a tale of two seasons for Belt in 2013, as he got off to a slow start, while being hampered by an illness and a minor neck injury. He really turned things around after the All-Star break, though, putting together an impressive .326/.390/.525 line in 247 second-half plate appearances. Just when we thought we had Belt figured out –- a patient hitter with light power and light speed -- he showed a spike in power, with a .193 ISO this past season compared to .146 in 2012. The improvement in the power department may not be a fluke, as his HR/FB ratio in 2013 was a maintainable 10.6 percent and was actually lower than the 15.8 percent he posted when he burst onto the scene in 2011. Because of the disparity between his first and second halves, Belt will likely be a polarizing asset come draft day, but there is upside here, if he continues to build on the expanded power output that he displayed last season.
Belt improved in his second season with the Giants posting a stronger wOBA of .339 and a 116 wRC+, however his HR/FB ratio dropped from 15.8 to 6.2 percent. Additionally, his ISO dropped from .187 to .146 as his flyball rate dropped from 43.8 to 36.6 percent. The drop in flyballs was a result in his increased line drive rate (25.6 percent), which helped propel him to a .351 BABIP. Belt will finally have first base all to himself heading into 2013, but his average is likely to drop considering his swinging-strike rate (12.8 percent). It is unlikely he will keep his strikeout rate at 22.5 percent if he continues to whiff that often, leaving plenty of risk here in the batting average department barring improvement.
A slow start with the Giants last season resulted in a trip back to the minors for Belt, who once again tore up the inferior competition, posting a .320/.461/.528 line with a 47:48 BB:K ratio. After he was finally recalled, he suffered a wrist injury and was jerked around in the lineup, rarely seeing regular playing time. Belt is clearly the Giants' best prospect and would likely be the team's third-best hitter if they left him alone and gave him a full-time job in 2012, but unfortunately, that's still no guarantee. He'll enter spring training likely battling Nate Schierholtz for the right-field job, though first base (his natural position) could just as easily once again become an option if Aubrey Huff doesn't bounce back. Belt is a fantasy sleeper since the hype has mostly worn off by now.
Taken in the fifth round of the 2009 draft, Belt has quickly developed into one of the better prospects in baseball and certainly the best in the Giants organization. He hit .352/.455/.620 with a 93:99 BB:K ratio throughout the minors last season, including holding his own at Triple-A (.956 OPS) at age 22. The left-hander has more gap power than 40-homer potential, but that will play just fine at AT&T Park. While he may spend the first couple of months of 2010 in Triple-A getting more seasoning, Belt is fully expected to be given a chance to win an everyday job with San Francisco in spring training. He's the future at first base for the Giants and is a sleeper in fantasy leagues.
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Absent from Wednesday's lineup
1BSan Francisco Giants
Knee
September 19, 2018
Belt (knee) is not in the lineup against San Diego on Wednesday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Remains out Tuesday
1BSan Francisco Giants
Knee
September 18, 2018
Belt (knee) is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Padres, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Out again Monday
1BSan Francisco Giants
Knee
September 17, 2018
Belt (knee) remains on the bench Monday against the Padres, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Remains on bench for series finale
1BSan Francisco Giants
Knee
September 16, 2018
Belt (knee) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Rockies, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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MRI comes back clean
1BSan Francisco Giants
Knee
September 15, 2018
Belt is day-to-day after an MRI on his knee came back clean, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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