Found March 05, 2012 on Seed Spitters:

The professional baseball careers of Brandon Belt and Brett Pill share similarities and some differences, but both options look bright for the San Francisco Giants whomever is chosen for a roster spot.

Pill, 27 was drafted in the seventh round of the 2006 amateur draft out of California State University Fullerton.

Since he joined the Giants organization, Pill has spent the past six seasons playing for Salem-Keizer, Agusta, San Jose, Conneticuit, Fresno as well as a handful of games for San Francisco.

Belt, on the other hand, accelerated upward through the Giants organization in his first year out of college. Moving from single-A to triple-A in 2010 and then just making the Giants opening day roster in 2011, Belt has spent 48 more games in the big leagues than Pill.

But who has the better numbers during those years? Well, it’s pretty hard to tell.

Belt, although in only one-and-a-half seasons in the minors, has hit:

Minor LeaguesGamesHits (per game)Home runs (per game)Batting averageOn-base %Slugging %Stolen bases (per game) Brandon Belt1891.220.16.343.457.5960.12

Whereas, Pill, in over 4 seasons has hit:

GamesHits (per game)Home runs (per game)Batting averageOn-base %Slugging %Stolen bases (per game) Brett Pill7401.060.11.279.328.4450.04

While Pill has played over 500 more games than Belt in the minor leagues, Belt has the advantage in every category in the tables above. Now lets take a look at their brief major league careers.

Major leaguesGamesHits (per game)Doubles (per game)Triples (per game)Home runs (per game)RBI (per game)Batting averageOn-base %Slugging %OPS Brett Pill151.000.200.130.130.60.300.321.560.881 Brandon Belt630.670.100.020.140.29.225.306.412.718

So now we have a change in trends: Belt, who excelled in the minors, was far worse than Pill in the majors. While Pill’s much longer minor league career is a step below Belts brief minor league career.

Both players have had terrific seasons in many levels, but if it came down to it, who would win a roster spot and who will start the season in Fresno?

From looking at the career numbers, Pill has had more experience in professional baseball, he has been the most consistent throughout his career, and he plays first, second and third base defensively. Being versatile on the field can be very useful in order to back up the often injured Freddy Sanchez, Pablo Sandoval and the veteran Aubrey Huff.

Belt, on the other hand, is still 23 years old and already has an impressive minor league career (although only 189 games total). He plays first base and a little outfield, while he still has the speed advantage of speed Pill just doesn’t possess.

At this point, Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean must be leaning toward Belt starting on the big league roster strictly because of his experience at the highest level. But they also have reasons to keep Pill around as well as his minor league stats are just as impressive as his first 15 games for the Giants.

Personally, I’d like to see who has the better spring before I make the decision. Both of them will see time at first base, and both of them will have the opportunity to showcase their talents.

Competition is always good for business, academics and in this case, sports. That’s why I really don’t care who makes the roster: both players are really good options, and both have something to prove.

So who do you want? Belt has the unknown potential, and Pill has an impressive career in the minors. Who wins the roster spot?

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