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Can Belt be this year's Buster Posey?

Posted on: May 3, 2011 11:10 am
 
The Giants went through a stretch last May where they scored 35 runs in 13 games, and lost nine of them.

Soon after, they called up Buster Posey.

Now the Giants have scored 23 runs in their last 11 games, losing eight of them.

Any chance Brandon Belt can be this year's Buster Posey?

Some people in the organization are already asking that question, wondering whether Belt can return from Triple-A Fresno (where he's off to a torrid start) and provide the offensive jolt that Posey did last year.

Belt began the season as the Giants' first baseman, but only because Cody Ross was on the disabled list. He struggled at the plate (.192 in 17 games) and was sent down when Ross came off the DL, but even scouts who saw him during that time were impressed.

"He's got a chance to be a pretty good player," one scout said.

For now, Belt remains at Fresno, but he had four more hits Monday night (while the Giants were getting shut out in Washington for the second time in four games). In nine Triple-A games, Belt is hitting .517 with two home runs, 10 RBI and a ridiculous 1.484 OPS.

He's also playing the outfield, which means that bringing him back to the big leagues wouldn't mean forcing defensively-challenged Aubrey Huff back into right field.

Belt has played the outfield before, and one scout who saw him play there was impressed.

"He's got the instincts to play there," the scout said.

And the Giants seem to need an offensive spark.

"We're awful right now," manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Monday night in Washington.

One reason they're awful: Left fielder Pat Burrell has now gone nine games since his last RBI.

The Giants weren't all that good last May, either. They got better, as we all remember, and Posey (who was called up May 29, and became the team's cleanup hitter by the middle of July) was a big part of the reason.

Now, the Giants need a jolt again.

Category: MLB
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Hey PhillyKid413-

stop- you sound like a bitter person.  why are you slamming the giants.  they are a good team that got hot last year and won it all.  i for one was glad to see what they did to philly- the national league version of the yanks.  maybe its because the Giants whipped the phils in the playoffs last year.  enjoy your team now with your beefed up pitching staff.  what are you going to whine about when they fail to get back to the world series again this year.  i love to hear philly, yankee, and sox fans talk about how great their teams are.  of course your good, look at the amount of money you spend.  if my pathetic pirates did the same thing, they would be just as good. so i applaud any "regular" team that can beat any of the big spending teams that rake over the lesser teams rosters and take up the best players as their own.  it makes the baseball season a bit  more bearable to watch!


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