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  1. Wtf is with people’s perception of Brandon Belt? I know this is a RotoGraphs article and his fantasy value was definitely disappointing, but i have never seen a player finish with a 118 wRC+ and get so much shit for it. If he can manage results like that with practically no power, imagine what happens if he gets that swing going again.

    Comment by Ben — October 18, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

  2. or maybe that .353 BABIP goes down and he’s even more useless.

    Comment by nik — October 18, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

  3. Well, he’s a first baseman. And a .339 wOBA from that position simply doesn’t cut it.

    Comment by Mike Podhorzer — October 18, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

  4. Bochy was extremely fickle when it came to Belt’s role early in the season. After naming him the starting 1B after a great spring he yanked him from the line up by the 3rd game. Bochy went back and forth a number of times saying Belt was a starter before benching him for long stretches. What I found most frustrating was that Bochy said he needed to protect Belt from lefties despite the fact Belt has hit better against them over his time in the majors. The home park and stagnated development are a little concerning but I think he still has some star potential if everything clicks soon.

    Comment by Brad — October 18, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

  5. O/U 500 PAs (450 AB) next season for mayberry?

    Comment by jcxy — October 19, 2012 @ 8:14 am

  6. Under. He’ll be on the short side of a platoon. With Howard back, the team committed to Dom Brown, Schierholtz on the roster and Laynce Nix with a guaranteed contract (albeit a small one), there’s no reason for Mayberry to face too many RHP’s.

    Comment by hk — October 19, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

  7. not to mention the bambino babe ruf

    Comment by ElToroStrikesAgain — October 20, 2012 @ 2:24 am

  8. Adrian Gonzalez is back in the NL, so I suspect NL-only leagues will probably bury Belt next year. He had value only because 1B had little depth and other options were injured (Howard, Votto). But the youth movement of Alonso, Rizzo, Freeman and Goldschmidt have all shown improved production with a promise of sustained success, leaving Belt as the worst near-qualified 1B in the National League for fantasy purposes. I’d also rather have Ike Davis’ HR and RBI than Belt’s SBs and AVG.

    Belt still has time to break out, but he’s two years overdue and his clock’s about to hit midnight.

    Comment by WAR Invitational — October 20, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

  9. SF talk radio turned on him and he’s had a pretty negative perception for the majority of 2012. His high K% is an easy thing to point to and say “hey, he sucks, strikes out too much.”

    Traditional valuation would say his 2012 season was a bust with few HR’s, RBI’s, and an uninspiring average. It plays into the narrative so no one bothers to look into it more.

    Comment by Nick — October 23, 2012 @ 4:09 am

  10. Really? He came in 12th for 1st basemen in the MLB. Apparently 18 other 1st basemen aren’t cutting it either.

    Comment by Nick — October 23, 2012 @ 4:10 am

  11. i would love to trade brandon belt to someone like you in my fantasy league.

    Comment by Tyler — October 23, 2012 @ 8:59 am

  12. -Tyler

    The fact he brings good value to a real baseball team doesn’t mean I’m confusing him with a valuable fantasy baseball player, especially in non OBP leagues.

    Comment by Nick — October 23, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

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