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Brandon Belt homers in first at-bat after demotion to Triple-A

Apr 25, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

Brandon Belt

Brandon Belt hit just .192 with one homer in 17 games before the Giants demoted him to the minors last week, but he wasted no time resuming his destruction of minor-league pitching by homering in his first Triple-A at-bat.

Belt went deep against former big leaguer Micah Owings and played left field, with the Giants giving him some outfield action in an effort to see if he can be less of a disaster there than Aubrey Huff.

Belt has batted .353 with 24 homers, 78 total extra-base hits, and 95 walks in 138 games as a minor leaguer, so his ability to put up huge numbers at Triple-A isn’t really in question. Once he gets some reps in the outfield and has his service time delayed long enough to push back his future free agency the Giants figure to give him another shot in San Francisco, likely some time around the All-Star break.

  1. garlicfriesandbaseball - Apr 25, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    I really hated the decision to send Belt back to the Minors. He’s one of the best 1st Baseman I’ve ever seen…..and with a Boeing 737 wingspan! He was in a batting slump ~ so what? Not unlike the rest of the team. I’m afraid the decision to send him back had more to do with Huff’s problems in the outfield than Belt’s problems with the bat. It’ll work itself out, but the sooner he returns the better!

  2. smarterthangirardi - Apr 25, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    the next shelley duncan? murders the minors and flops in the majors? i think not.

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