Brandon Belt Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 235 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 4/20/1988 (34)
Brandon Belt Season Stats
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The Toronto Blue Jays and free-agent first baseman Brandon Belt reportedly agreed to a one-year, $9.3 million deal Monday, per The Athletic's Kaitlyn McGrath. The agreement has yet to be made official. In his 12-year career with the San Francisco Giants, Belt slashed a respectable .261/.356/.458. However, he only managed a .213/.326/.350 slash line with eight home runs and 23 RBI in 298 plate appearances as he dealt with a right knee injury in 2022. The 34-year-old will add a left-handed bat to a strong Blue Jays lineup and will offer depth at first base and designated hitter. The lineup switch is an upgrade for Belt, making him worth a late-round flyer despite his injury concerns.
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (knee) underwent season-ending knee surgery in early September and said he's been "doing great." He said he's "really optimistic" about how he feels, although he hasn't progressed to running yet. Belt is walking without a limp and has been moving well, but the uncertainty about whether he'll continue his career in 2023 has not gone away. "If I don't (play again) it's not going to be because of my knee," Belt said. "I think my knee is going to be strong and be ready to play next year, so hopefully that's what happens." The 34-year-old has said he'd love to return for a 13th season with the Giants, but the writing appears to be on the wall for a divorce in free agency. In just 78 games in 2022, Belt hit .213/.326/.350 with eight homers, 23 RBI, 25 runs and a stolen base.
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (knee) will have season-ending arthroscopic right knee surgery on Saturday with Dr. Ken Akizuki. Belt continues to have problems with his right knee and will have another surgery. The 34-year-old struggled this year, as he hit just .213/.326/.350 with eight home runs, 23 RBI, 25 runs scored and one stolen base in 298 plate appearances and 78 games played. It remains to be seen if Belt will continue his career in 2023, but his knee will have to cooperate. LaMonte Wade Jr. should see most of the starts at first base for San Francisco to close out the final month of the season, but the Giants also have Yermin Mercedes, J.D. Davis and Wilmer Flores as options for the position.
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt put on a show in the shortened 2020 season, notching a triple-slash of .309/.425/.591 while clubbing nine home runs and knocking in 30 runs in 51 games. While many will look at the chaotic nature of the 2020 season and think this is a small sample size fluke, I think that would be casting aside some significant changes.After spending four years in a row with a launch angle close to 22-degrees, Belt dropped the launch angle to 18-degrees last year. His FB% dropped 6.1%, his infield fly ball rate fell from 7.8% to 0% (yes, zero), and his line-drive rate went up by four percent. Yes, his HR/FB jump from 8.8% to 19.1% is likely unsustainable, but it also shows that the swing change caused Belt to be able to square the ball up more consistently and drive it more effectively. In fact, his 16.8% barrel rate was good for the 10th-best in all of baseball last year. The fact is that Belt is only 32-years-old, he clearly benefited from swing changes, and the Giants made adjustments to their park dimensions allowing Oracle Park to become more hitter-friendly, playing as the 12th best park for HR power. All of this gives Belt more value than the market seems to think considering he's being drafted at an insulting ADP of 322.