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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Brandon Belt News
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 (knee) received a second opinion on his right knee Tuesday, and surgery was recommended. He is expected to decide in 24 hours whether to rest or undergo surgery on his injured knee. The 34-year-old has been battling knee inflammation in his right knee and was placed on the 10-day injured list last Wednesday. He underwent an MRI last Friday, and the results came back negative. Belt is slashing .213/.326/.350 with eight homers, 23 RBI, 25 runs and a stolen base over 78 games. Wilmer Flores and Yermin Mercedes should see an uptick in at-bats while Belt is sidelined.
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (knee) had an MRI on his right knee come back negative on Friday. Belt has been on the injured list with inflammation in his right knee since Wednesday. The veteran first baseman is reportedly still dealing with the same knee issues that have been pestering him throughout the season. Belt is hitting .213 with eight homers, 25 runs, 23 RBI, and a steal across just 298 at-bats.
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.