Monday, August 15, 2011

Line of the Day: Brandon Belt: August 14th, 2011

Brandon Belt homered twice and drove in two runs to help lead the San Francisco Giants to a 5-2 win over the Florida Marlins. It was the first multi-homer game of his young career and should be a sign of good things to come for the rookie first baseman. (video recap)

Line: 4 AB | 2 R | 2 H | 2 RBI; 2 HR

My fantasy perspective: Belt's numbers haven't been pretty (.232/.330/.415) but neither have Aubrey Huff's (.249/.303/.381) and he's been given a ton more at bats. This situation is worth monitoring closely until it becomes clearer how Belt and Huff will be used at first base and whether either/both will also see some time in the outfield.

Belt has to be considered the future at first base for the Giants but his fantasy baseball value may not be realized until the 2012 season. NL-only, dynasty and deep keeper leaguers should be most interested in his usage and performance over the next seven-plus weeks. New leaguers or redrafters should target Belt in the late rounds next season and see how things play out in Spring Training.

Question: Should Belt be the Giants' everyday first baseman going forward or should he be stuck in a platoon with Huff?

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