5 surprising San Francisco Giants players that are willing the team back to life

By Kit Duggan
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Apr 18, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants infielder Brandon Belt (9) advances to third base on a base hit by infielder Casey McGehee (not pictured) against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning at AT&T Park. The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Belt

Few Giants entered the 2015 season under as much scrutiny as Brandon Belt.

Although the team has developed numerous successful prospects in recent years, Giants fans won’t be satisfied until Belt is consistently playing like a franchise first baseman. He’s stepped his game up recently, leading the team in doubles while batting a respectable .287.

However, Belt’s future role with the club remains somewhat questionable. Unless he begins to make larger strides in his development, he might find himself expendable should the Giants ever decide to move Buster Posey to first base. Corner infielders are supposed to be a lineup’s offensive muscle, and Belt still has yet to swat his first home run of the year.