Brandon Belt Buckled Down

For a player with only 60 Major League Baseball plate appearance to his name, we’ve already had a lot to say about San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, so it would seem almost incomplete if we didn’t mention that the rookie has been sent down to Triple A Fresno today.

It’s hardly a shocking move, as many anticipated it, not only because Cody Ross was coming off the Disabled List, or that Belt’s .192 AVG, .300 OBP, .269 SLG, .277 wOBA was hardly inspiring, but also because, as MLBTR points out, keeping him up for the entire season would’ve resulted in Belt reaching free agency a year sooner than he really has to. As it stands now, Belt must stay in the Minors for at least 20 days to keep that from happening.

Demoting Belt also allows the Aubrey Huff horror show in right field to end, as the veteran can now grab his first baseman’s glove and patrol the less floppy grounds of a corner infield spot.