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Brandon Belt
Birthdate: 4/20/1988 (28 y, 11 m, 10 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 6-5/195     Position: 1B
Drafted: 2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 5, Pick: 6, Overall: 147, Team: San Francisco Giants
Contract: $72.8M / 5 Years (2017 - 2021)
RotoWire News: Manager Bruce Bochy has signaled in his Cactus League lineups that he plans to use Belt as his No. 2 hitter to begin the season, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports. (3/28/2017)
Profiles:  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: For some reason, we keep expecting that huge year from Belt. All the metrics are in place for a major breakout, and yet, he continues to sadden us. It's quite the surprise that he has yet to break the 20 home run barrier and since his speed deserted him in 2016, he's suddenly looking like nothing more than replacement level in shallow mixed leagues. That is, of course, if he just continues with more of the same. But that walk rate surge, jump in fly ball rate, low pop-up rate, and eerily consistent ISO, all make me think he still has that big season in him. If he ever got out of San Francisco, where his HR/FB rate is literally half of his mark in away parks, this would be an easy call. But AT&T seriously saps his production and that's not going to change. Still, I'll make a bold call in this here blurb -- Belt sets a new career high in home runs in 2017. (Mike Podhorzer)

The Quick Opinion: With the disappearance of his stolen bases and yet another disappointing upper teen home run total, Belt is dangerously close to being just a bottom tier option in your corner infield slot. But his underlying metrics and power indicators scream for more and that breakout could come soon.

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