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Brandon Belt is moving to right field. For now.

Apr 13, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

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While the Giants gave Aubrey Huff a vote of confidence following his adventures in right field following Opening Weekend, they’ve apparently seen enough. Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Brandon Belt has been shagging flies in right field and that Bruce Bochy is going to move him out there — and Huff back to first — sometime in the next few days.

It makes sense: while Belt hasn’t played in the outfield since he was in high school, his lack of finely-honed instincts can be compensated for somewhat by his speed and athleticism.  After all, Huff’s instincts are poor too, and he lacks the speed.

Of course, Belt shouldn’t get too cozy out there.  Given that he has utterly failed to hit so far this year — he’s currently sporting a line of .158/.256/.263 in 43 plate appearances — this may be more about getting Huff used to first base in anticipation of Cody Ross coming back from the DL and returning to right field. At which point it’s entirely possible that Belt is sent back down to Fresno for some seasoning.

  1. BC - Apr 13, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    So are they putting Belt in right, sticking Huff in left and benching Burrell? Burrell couldn’t catch a cold at a Sneezing Convention.

    • jrd8523 - Apr 13, 2011 at 1:48 PM

      Huh? It’s more likely one of their first basemen is going to playing…. first base.

  2. bobulated - Apr 13, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    The Giants have managed to build a very average to bad defense around one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. Ross coming back will help in the OF but their D @ 3B and SS will still be two statues watching balls zip by them into left field. At the very least they will need to find a SS with some range by the deadline.

  3. riverace19 - Apr 13, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Bobulated:
    I know you watch the Giants and I have been very impressed with Pablo so far. He has always been quick but with the weight off he is now FAST and absolutely attacks balls in foul ground.
    Tejada, Huff, Burrell are all train wrecks in the field. Belt is going to AAA no doubt.
    Bochy has every right to change his mind but wasn’t it just yesterday he was saying he’s sticking with Belt through thick and thin?

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