August Recap: Brandon Belt

By Melissa Felkins

Brandon Belt had a good August. He won NL Player of the Week. He led the team in nearly every hitting category during August. Despite the #BeltBash every night on KNBR, he’s turning into the player that everyone has hoped he could be since joining the big leagues. The good news is that I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Belt just yet. Sabean has said that Belt is the first basemen of the future. He won’t be arbitration eligible until 2015, or have free agency until 2018. It doesn’t mean he couldn’t be traded before then, but if he continues this improvement into next season, I’d suspect the Giants will lock him up long-term as soon as they can. Expect to see him in a Giants uniform for a long time, especially now that he’s producing and listening to the coaches about making changes.

Aug 10, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) in the dugout with catcher Buster Posey (28) during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at AT&T Park.

Areas Belt led the Giants during the month of August:

  • .358 Batting Average
  • 5 Home Runs
  • 3 Triples
  • 7 Doubles
  • 15 Extra-Base Hits
  • 23 Runs
  • 11 Walks (BBrandon BBelt)
  • .431 OBP (on-base percentage)
  • .653 SLG (slugging percentage)
  • 1.084 OPS (on-base + slugging)
  • 62 Total Bases (16 more than any one else on the team)

Bonus: 0 Ground-into-double-plays (the only everyday player with zero)

I can’t wait to see what Belt does during the month of September.