So, today is the day that Cody Ross comes off the disabled list, and the Giants must decide whether or not to send Brandon Belt down to Fresno. Personally, I wouldn’t have much of a problem with that, but I think my reasoning is slightly different than a few other fans.
- Sample size be damned, I’m pretty sick of watching the “Wild Kingdom Defense”. Especially with Aaron Rowand being no gazelle in center. Not that he’s, you know, bad, he’s just no Torres.
- I don’t particularly care whether Darren Ford gets regular playing time or not. Whoever stays up will probably face mainly pinch-running, pinch-hitting, and defensive sub duties. I would rather see Belt get regular plate appearances, no matter what his level.
What you don’t see is this reason: “Brandon Belt sucks and he’s a crappy hitter”. Perhaps you’ve heard of Voros’s law? I am a big believer in it. It is “Anybody can hit just about anything in 60 At Bats.” Basically, the only hitter statistic that I’m comfortable making some judgments on in the number of ABs we’ve seen from Belt is Swing%, and I’m perfectly happy with what I’ve seen there. I also don’t really believe that the Giants are doing Belt any particular favors by sending him to Fresno. He hasn’t really had time to make any adjustments, and I think what adjustments he’ll have to make will have to come at the big league level. To me, it looks like he’s been having a hard time getting around on a big league inside fastball, and he won’t see many of those in the PCL.
No, this is a clear instance where the short-run interests of the team make it difficult to give a young kid enough time to prove himself. If Belt resumes hitting, he’ll force himself back into the Giants’ plans. I’m hoping Belt makes some tough decisions for the front office.