Found April 14, 2012 on hardballchat.com:


The San Francisco Giants appear to be giving up on first base top prospect Brandon Belt already, having sat him for the fourth consecutive game yesterday in favor of the aging Aubrey Huff and even Nate Schierholtz, as Belt could also play some right field. While manager Bruce Bochy insists that Belt will eventually receive his fair share of playing time at either position, it seems like this is about more than riding the hot bat.

Belt was a beast in the minor leagues, but the success has yet to translate to Belt putting up the same monster numbers at the next level. Appearing in 63 games for the Giants last season, Belt managed to bat just .225 with 9 home runs. Anyone who watched the premier of the Showtime series “The Franchise” saw just how crazy the Giants were about Belt. That is why it seems the least bit peculiar that he has fallen out of favor in the Bay area in such a short amount of time.

To start the 2012 MLB season, Belt has played in four games, registering just one hit in 11 official at-bats. He has also seen just one at-bat since April 8, and most teams will leave a player in the lineup just so that they can work out of a slump and get used to hitting against big league pitching. That is what makes this a bit more concerning.

Belt really has nothing left to prove at the minor league level, and getting more time down there is not going to do anything for him in the big leagues. He needs experience to get better, regardless of whether or not he is putting up decent numbers. You get better with more plate appearances.

That is, unless the Giants just don’t see him performing well enough in the majors. If that is the case, then maybe it is time the two part ways, with San Francisco considering trade partners for the player who was once viewed as the team’s offensive savior.

After all, nobody can save a team sitting on the bench.

Kelley writes for The Pigskin Report as well as Hardball Chat. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24 and Like The Rob Kelley Sports Network on Facebook. Kelley is a former sports reporter for various newspapers throughout the state of Florida, and had his first book published I'm Not a Quitter after moving back to Massachusetts.

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