Originally posted by Garcia:
Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
Yep. That he was. Maybe the Giants should convert Belt. LOL He is hitting like a pitcher right now.
He was on the upswing before yesterday. He dropped 8 points on his BA.....
Belt will be fine. He just needs to work on his confidence. He looks like he goes up to bat scared of failure. If he actually started approaching his AB's like he was better than the pitcher, I think hed see better results.
He has the eye to be a patient hitter, but the more his confidence level goes down, the more he abandons that patient approach. It also didnt help that the umpire had the most generously large strike zone ive seen in a long time. Belt struck out 5 times, but when you force hitters to cover a zone that extends 6 inches in all directions, theyre going to start swinging at bad balls.
Ive been saying it from the beginning, Belt is so far advanced for his experience level, hes going to have growing pains. His first year of pro baseball was in 2010, and he shot through the Minor Leagues in one season, then made the team in 2011. In his second pro season, he was basically up and down all year, getting limited/platoon AB's. In his third pro season, he got a little better, and really started coming around the later the season went.
Now in his fourth pro season, he HAS gotten better. Hes on pace for 17 HR, 65 RBI's, and 38 doubles, which would all be career highs, and at .263, he hasnt been the total disaster people are making him out to be. The old scout adage says "doubles power turns into homers", and Belt has 21 already.
Doubles in 2013:
Brandon Belt - 21
Paul Goldschmidt - 21
Evan Longoria - 21
Prince Fielder - 21
Carlos Santana - 21
Ben Zobrist - 21
Miguel Cabrera - 20
Allen Craig - 20
Carlos Gomez - 20
Shin-Soo Choo - 20
Obviously Belt isnt better than any of these players, but its interesting.
Be patient. Most players in their 4th pro season are either still in AA/AAA, or are a rookie.