Brandon Belt, First Base, San Francisco Giants, #9


Date of Birth: 4/20/1988
Birthplace: Nacogdoches, Texas
College: University of Texas at Austin
Current Salary: $4,000,000
Nickname: Baby Giraffe

Brandon Belt, first baseman for the San Francisco Giants, was drafted by the Giants in 2009. He spent 2010 and most of the 2011 season in the minor leagues, where he batted .343. He was called up to the Giants in 2011 and played in 63 games with them that season. The following season, Belt played in 145 games and batted .275.

In 2013, Belt batted .289 with 147 hits, 39 doubles, and 17 home runs in 150 games with the Giants. On February 1, 2014, he signed a one-year, $2.9 million contract with the team.

Belt finished the 2014 season with 52 hits and a .243 batting average in 61 games. He had much better numbers in the postseason, batting .295 with 18 hits, 1 double, 1 home run, and 8 RBIs in 61 at-bats in 17 games.

Belt and the Giants agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million contract on February 3, 2015. He finished the 2015 season with 138 hits, 33 doubles, 18 home runs, 68 RBIs, and a .280 batting average in 137 games. As a first baseman, he made 71 assists, 91 double plays, 1,060 putouts, and 3 errors in 120 games. He had a .997 fielding percentage.

Belt signed a five-year contract extension with the Giants on April 9, 2016. He finished the 2016 season with career highs in hits (149), doubles (41), and RBIs (82). He batted .275 in 156 games. Defensively, as the Giants' first baseman in 151 games, he made 94 assists, 110 double plays, 1,284 putouts, and 8 errors. In the postseason, he batted just .118 with 2 hits in 17 at-bats in 5 games.

Career batting statistics for Belt through 2016 include:

  • 712 games played
  • 641 hits
  • 154 doubles
  • 80 home runs
  • 318 RBIs
  • 647 strikeouts to 304 walks
  • .272 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Belt at first base through 2016 include:

  • 643 games played
  • 393 assists
  • 442 double plays
  • 5,023 putouts
  • 32 errors
  • .994 fielding percentage

Personal Life

Belt married his wife Haylee on December 3, 2010. They have one son.

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Brandon Belt
ESPN - Brandon Belt