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San Francisco Giants: Selecting the 2010s All-Decade Team

Buster Posey #28 and Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals to win Game Seven of the 2014 World Series by a score of 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Buster Posey #28 and Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals to win Game Seven of the 2014 World Series by a score of 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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San Francisco GIants, Brandon Belt
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 (2011-19)

Stats: 4,221 PA, .261 BA, 120 OPS+, 392 XBH (129 HR), 472 RBI, 513 R, 23.2 WAR

While he has never quite delivered on his full potential, Brandon Belt is a fairly easy pick for the starting first base spot.

After all, he has been the team’s primary first baseman since the 2012 season.

A fifth-round pick in 2009, Belt has never had prototypical first baseman power, with a career-high 18 home runs in 2015 and 2017.

However, he’s been a consistent on-base threat with an 11.9 percent walk rate and a .354 on-base percentage over the course of his career. He’s also a standout defender at first base.

All of that has been worth 23.2 WAR, which trailed only Buster Posey (42.2) and Brandon Crawford (23.6) among all position players for the decade.

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