Giants' Belt optimistic about improved offense

The SportsXchange

In spring training 2012, there was a lot of concern about whether Brandon Belt could be an everyday first baseman for the San Francisco Giants.

It's no longer a worry.

Especially with how he performed last year -- his first full major league season -- and how he's hitting in spring training.

Through Sunday, he was hitting .404 with a team-high 19 hits, eight of which went for extra bases. He was leading the team with four homers.

"I wouldn't say I'm doing anything different," Belt said. "I think maybe the confidence is a little different, just coming into the season with more confidence, knowing more of what to expect from big-league pitchers."

Last year, Belt hit .329 in the last two-plus months and went 7-for-23 (.304) in the NL Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Over 145 regular-season games in 2012, Belt batted .275 with a .360 on-base percentage, a .421 slugging percentage, seven homers and 56 RBI. In went 1-for-13 in both the NL Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds and the World Series against the Detroit Tigers.

Is the spring training power a sign he'll show more pop in the regular season?

"That's a product of just seeing the ball well, and the more you're able to pick up the ball, the more you're going to drive it. That's the feeling I want to try to take into the season," Belt said.
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