When many of you picked up Brandon Belt for your fantasy team, expectations ran high for the young rookie. He had a monster year in the minors last year, moving from single-A to triple-A, hitting .352/.455/.620 with 23 home runs and 112 RBIs.
The risk in picking him up however, was the lack of experience in professional ball. He has played one year total at first base.
Now that the season is well underway, Belt has started at first for 17 games. In those games, he's had only 52 at-bats and batted .192 with one home run and four RBIs.
The good news: his OBP is .300, proving his discipline is major league worthy. Belt's defense has also been flawless. His J.T. Snow-esque glove and footwork at first base has saved some games for the Giants this season, only committing one error.
Now that Cody Ross is off the disabled list, Belt was bumped off the Giants roster and sent down to Fresno to get some daily starts.
If you own him, drop him. Belt is expected to be off the roster until maybe mid-June or if there is a serious injury at first of in the outfield.
If he is brought up half way through the season, I'd expect him to hit better than he did when he started this season because it'll hopefully take some pressure off the young man's shoulders.
My prediction for his inevitable return is:
.265/.355/.410 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs.
Not quite Buster Posey good, but it'll be a decent start to a young career for Mr. Belt.