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The push for Brandon Belt to break camp with the Giants is on

Mar 17, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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As I sit here today I will still be rather surprised if the Giants don’t send first base prospect Brandon Belt down to Fresno to start the year, but that hasn’t stopped the Bay Area press from beating the drum for Belt. Here’s the Chronicle: “After Brandon Belt’s big day, where does he start?”  Here’s the Merc: “Belt’s bat making a convincing argument.”

The Giants have Aubrey Huff on a new contract at first and veteran Pat Burrell in left field. For Belt to make the team, then, it requires either benching one of them or making Belt a backup, and neither of those seem likely at the moment.  Add in the whole service time thing — keeping Belt down a couple of months could by the Giants another year of control — and the fact that even Buster Posey couldn’t break camp with the team when he was being blocked by lesser players, and you get the sense that it isn’t in the cards.

But boy howdy, if Pat Burrell doesn’t hit coming out of the gate …

  1. yankeesfanlen - Mar 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Here’s the fun of spring training: A promising rookie prospect has a great one-day performance and the press is “How will we find enough roses to fill the Rose Bowl?”.
    See also: Nova, Ivan

    • seanmk - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:59 PM

      see ivan nova? he’s the yanekes #4 starter!

  2. jackwilliamr - Mar 17, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Send Belt to Fresno (ala Buster Posey), let him tear the cover off the ball there, and then bring him up in June. I think that sounds like a good plan.

  3. apbaguy - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Another good young prospect. Funny how the Giants are generating talent with the change in managing general partners. I offer all my old comments in defense (sort of, I was always rather tepid) of Sabean, the thrust of which was: most of the worst contracts were the result of the then-managing GM’s insistence on a Bonds-centric team.

    Anyway, Sabean or not, the Giants have the 2010 trophy, and they’ll stick to the formula of starting promising guys in Fresno so they can play every day. You never know about young players. Is Belt the next Posey, or the next Matt Wieters? The team will have a better feel for the answer to that question in June.

    • jwbiii - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:43 PM

      Of the young contributors to the 2010 championship team, Posey, Cain, Lincecum, Bumgarner, and Sandoval were acquired during Magowan’s tenure as CEO. Belt was a 2009 draftee. To the extent that a CEO contributes to acquisitions and player development, credit Belt to Neukom. But if you want to credit Belt to Neukom, you have to credit the players listed above to Magowan.

  4. jrd8523 - Mar 17, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    If he was going to be on the opening day roster than Aubrey Huff would be playing some LF this Spring…. No way they are going to bring him up to watch Huff play 1B.

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