Giants: Was Brandon Belt a top 10 first baseman during the 2010s?

By Joel Reuter
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 12: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants watches the ball after hitting a double in the bottom of the eighteenth inning against the Colorado Rockies to the at Oracle Park on April 12, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 12: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants watches the ball after hitting a double in the bottom of the eighteenth inning against the Colorado Rockies to the at Oracle Park on April 12, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 12: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants watches the ball after hitting a double in the bottom of the eighteenth inning against the Colorado Rockies to the at Oracle Park on April 12, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

First baseman Brandon Belt has been a staple for the San Francisco Giants since debuting in 2011. Was he a top 10 first baseman during the 2010s?

With their fifth-round pick in the 2009 MLB draft, the San Francisco Giants selected first baseman Brandon Belt from the University of Texas.

He hit .352/.455/.620 with 43 doubles, 10 triples, 23 home runs, 22 steals and a 15.6 percent walk rate over three levels in his pro debut, reaching Triple-A in the process.

The was enough to earn him the No. 1 spot among Giants prospects and the No. 23 spot on the leaguewide top 100 prospect list at Baseball America heading into the 2011 season, and he made his MLB debut on March 31, 2011.

After a strong first full season in 2012, he took his game to another level in 2013, hitting .289/.360/.481 with 39 doubles, 17 home runs and 4.2 WAR.

Unfortunately, he was never quite able to build off that performance, with his 139 OPS+ that season still representing a career-high.

He was an All-Star in 2016 when he logged a personal best 4.6 WAR, and he has always been a solid on-base threat with a .354 on-base percentage and an 11.9 percent walk rate.

However, he has also had a tough time staying healthy over the years, and he has never had prototypical power at the first base position with 18 home runs representing his high-water mark.

So where does that put him on the list of the best first basemen of the past decade?

Ahead we’ve assembled our rankings of the 20 best first basemen of the 2010s, based on a collection of individual statistics, advanced metrics and each player’s importance to his team’s success during the course of the decade.

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