Opening Day Roster: Brandon Belt

Yo MDS, “Million Dollar Belt” makes for a great team name

Sound the alarm! Despite numerous staged protests by the members of the Travis Ishikawa fan club, Brandon Belt has made the Opening Day Roster for the Giants of San Francisco (link). The accountants said no, but Bruce Bochy asked for a favor. Belt will man First Base and Aubrey Huff will move to the Outfield. The 13% owned super-prospect pwned the minor leagues in 2010, smashing at will between stops at single-A, AA and AAA (.353 with 23 HR and 22 SB). Belt has patience, some speed, a good contact rate and hit a ton of Line Drives and Fly Balls.  MLBDepthCharts has Belt slated to bat in the seven-hole between Pat Burrell and Miguel Tejada. 2011 Projection .279-20-75-80-8. There is a lot of hype surrounding the kid, justifiably so, but he’ll be 23-years old in April and has only one season of professional baseball under his belt on his resume. This projection puts him in the Aubrey Huff, Adam Lind, Ike Davis, Gaby Sanchez tier. I would rank him at the top of this list, maybe even closer to Billy Butler than Aubrey Huff. The World Series champs and their new First Baseman will open the season on Thursday at Los Angeles.