San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt clearly established himself as a key piece to the team's future success going forward with a breakthrough season in 2013.
The lefty batted .289 in 150 games, smacking 147 hits, 39 doubles, four triples, 17 home runs, 67 RBI's, 52 walks, 125 strikeouts and scored 76 runs. He produced a .360 on-base percentage and .481 slugging percentage reaching a .841 OPS.
The 25-year-old recorded 36 multi-hit games, seven three-hit games, three four-hit games and one five-hit game. The 39 doubles by Belt were the most by a Giants first baseman since Will Clark had 40 in 1992. Jeff Kent holds the SF record with 49 doubles in 2001.
Belt was at his best following the All-Star break and the month of August. He batted .326 in the second half, drilling 72 hits, 17 doubles, seven home runs and 29 RBI's in 61 games. During the month of August, he showcased a .350 batting average, connecting with 35 hits, five homers and 13 RBI's in 28 games.
Belt attributed his second half surge to adjustments he made at the plate. He moved back in the batter's box and was standing taller at the plate. He adjusted his grip on the bat so his top wrist was pointed away from his body instead of toward it. Those three adjustments made the difference and his level of play took off.
On the year, Belt batted .261 versus left-handers and .297 against right-handers. Belt batted a solid .309 with runners in scoring position with 38 hits, 13 doubles, four home runs and 48 RBI's.
Defensively, Belt started 132 games at first and committed eight errors to record a .993 fielding percentage.
After a fantastic finish to the season, expectations will be high for Belt in 2014 to consistently deliver from beginning to end.
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