Brandon Belt Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 235 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 4/20/1988 (33)
Brandon Belt Season Stats
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Brandon Belt News
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (thumb) fractured his left thumb about a week ago and is currently on the injured list. Giants manager Gabe Kapler talked to reporters on Tuesday and stated that there's no certainty on Belt's timeline, but that the team has discussed the NLCS as a "dream scenario" for Belt's return. The Giants will at least be without Belt in the NLDS and we'll likely see a mix of Darin Ruf, Wilmer Flores and LaMonte Wade Jr. covering first for the series. Belt dealt with several injuries this year, but he was a force when he was in the lineup, hitting a career-high 29 home runs over just 97 games.
The San Francisco Giants placed first baseman Brandon Belt (thumb) on the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was diagnosed with a left thumb fracture. The move is retroactive to September 27. He won't be eligible to return until a few games into the NLDS. The team recalled shortstop Thairo Estrada from Triple-A to fill his roster spot. Belt had the best year of his career this year by most measures, despite playing in only 97 games. He hit a career-high 29 home runs while tallying 59 RBI and 65 runs and slashing .274/.378/.597. LaMonte Wade Jr. covered first base on Tuesday and should see some additional starts there, but Darin Ruf (oblique), who is expected to be activated soon, will see time at first as well.
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (thumb) underwent X-rays on Monday, which revealed a fractured thumb. He exited Sunday's game early after getting hit in the hand by a pitch while attempting a bunt. The 33-year-old will continue to meet with doctors to develop a recovery plan and a timetable for a return. Belt is considered day-to-day, but the injury comes at a terrible time for the Giants first baseman with the playoffs starting next week. He slashed .349/.451/.721 with nine home runs, 18 RBI and 23 runs through September before getting injured. Tommy La Stella will handle first base duties while Belt is sidelined. The 32-year-old is starting to heat up and is hitting .429 (6-for-14) with a home run and three RBI over his last four games. Fantasy managers looking for a replacement for Belt can add La Stella for the season's final week.
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.