On a majority of fantasy baseball sleeper lists this off-season, one player that keeps popping up is San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt. The 25-year-old seems to be getting a good deal of attention and most fans are pegging him to finally breakout this season.
Belt posted a respectable .289 batting average last season to go along with a .360 On Base Percentage and .481 Slugging Percentage. He also boasted a career-high 79.8% contact percentage. In 150 games, though, Belt finished with a meager 17 home runs.
Despite all the attention, I just don’t think Belt has shown enough to earn a starting spot in most fantasy formats. The veteran is still very unproven and is simply the latest victim of the off-season hype machine.
The big lefty supposedly has 25 home run potential, but he honestly has yet to showcase it in the majors on a consistent basis. Fantasy owners want guys at first that have the power to hit over 30 homers every season, not a guy that finishes with a .280 batting average and 15 homers each season. Belt will never develop into that elite slugger and fantasy fans should stop holding their breathe.
Belt won’t put up reliable numbers this year and I simply don’t trust on a weekly basis as a starting first basemen. I would grab Belt as a backup option in deeper formats, but would avoid him as a starter at all costs.