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Posts tagged ‘Brandon Belt’

Say Goodbye To: Belt, Bumgarner, and Storen

Trade Deadline Edition – Traded to The Pi Train

1B – Brandon Belt
Acquired: July 20th, 2010 ($3 FAAB)
Traded: August 17th, 2010 (Traded to The Pi Train)
Belt, a 2009 5th-round selection from the University of Texas, exploded in 2010, jumping from High-A, dominating at AA, and then holding his own at AAA Fresno. He’s now likely considered the future 1B for the San Francisco Giants, although he has enough athleticism to play left field, depending on how the Giants manage their free agents. Will participate in the Arizona Fall League in 2010, and likely will be called up sometime in 2011.

Minor League – 2010 AB AVG R HR RBI SB
San Jose (Hi-A) 269 .383 62 10 62 18
Richmond (AA) 175 .337 26 9 40 2
Fresno (AAA) 48 .229 11 4 10 2


SP – Madison Bumgarner
Acquired: Protected from 2009 ($2 at 2009 auction)
Traded: August 17th, 2010 (Traded to The Pi Train)
Called up in late June and plugged directly into the rotation, Bumgarner has done well, having won four games in ten starts thus far in his career. Earlier in 2010 at AAA Fresno, Bumgarner overcame velocity issues that plagued him towards the end of last season (2009), and he featured a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts in April, May, and early June. Only 1 year remaining on his WBRL contract.

Active – Weeks 15-19 35.1 2 3.82 1.557 23 0
Reserve – Weeks 0-14 28 2 2.57 1.036 21 0


RP – Drew Storen
Acquired: 2010 Auction ($8)
Traded: August 17th, 2010 (Traded to The Pi Train)
Storen, the other Nationals first-round draft pick in 2009, was a closer at Stanford, and was designated “Closer of the Future” as soon as he signed. While he was scheduled to open the 2010 season in the minors, he was promoted in mid-May to get experience in the 7th inning and lower-leverage situations. With the trade of Matt Capps to Minnesota at the deadline, Storen ascended to sharing the closer role with Tyler Clippard and Sean Burnett, and will likely be the closer later in 2010 and beyond.

Active – Weeks 11,12,14-16,18,19 0 19 4.26 1.789 14 2
Reserve – Weeks 0-10,13,17 3 19 0.95 0.789 16 0

Roster Moves – Week 20 – August 17th, 2010


  • Atomic Roadrunners receives:
    • 1B Albert Pujols, Cardinals (active at UT)
    • C Geovani Soto, Cubs (active at C)
    • SP Yovani Gallardo, Brewers (active)
    • SP Daniel Hudson, Diamondbacks (active)
  • The Pi Train receives:
    • RP Drew Storen, Nationals
    • SP Madison Bumgarner, Giants
    • 1B Brandon Belt, Giants (minors)

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • 2B Brooks Conrad, Braves ($2 bid), Add to actives


  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo


  • C Ronny Paulino
  • OF Lorenzo Cain
  • SP Randy Wells


  • 2B Luis Castillo
  • OF Matt Diaz


  • Cubs C Geovany Soto is currently on the 15-Day disabled list (retroactive to August 7th) with an injured throwing shoulder.  There are chances that he will not return this season, but the latest news is that he’s scheduled to take batting practice later today, and may return on Sunday, August 22nd.
  • The Pi Train had coveted Storen all summer, and Bumgarner only has one season remaining on his contract.
  • Goodfellas picked up former Roadrunner Danny Espinosa of the Nationals.  There’s a chance he might get a September audition, but he can no longer be protected in the minor leagues (this season).
  • Of the new acquisitions, only Gallardo is protectable (2/$27). Both Soto ($10) and Pujols ($37) have expiring contracts, and Hudson was traded in-season from the White Sox (AL) in the Edwin Jackson deal.
  • In a stunning move, Pirate Smokers made transactions today.  Having only previously made a move on April 27th (Jason Heyward up, Carlos Beltran down), Mark made two pickups (Octavio Dotel and Sergio Casilla), activated Beltran finally (he came off the DL in July) and finally sent down Brandon Webb (60-Day DL, likely to miss all of 2010).

Meet the New Guys: Brandon Belt, Trayvon Robinson

Brandon Belt is the Giants 1B of the future, at least if you ask several prospect pudits. He’s excelled at AA and received a promotion to AAA Fresno, and doesn’t seem to be stopping. He hit .383 with 9 homers and 17 steals at High-A San Jose to start the season, was promoted to AA Richmond after 77 games, where he hit .337 with 9 homers in only 46 games.

Rumors are swirling that the suddenly cost-conscious Dodgers will bring up CF Trayvon Robinson from AA Chattanooga if OF Manny Ramirez goes on the DL again or is traded at the deadline. Robinson batted .368/.445/.442 in June while focusing more on contact than power. Add to that 26 steals and a .400 on-base percentage, and that’s something.

Roster Moves – Week 16 – July 20th, 2010

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • 1B Brandon Belt, AA Giants – ($3 bid) Reserve
  • OF Trayvon Robinson, AA Dodgers – ($2 bid) Reserve


  • SS Cristian Guzman
  • OF Roger Bernadina (to UT)
  • SP Edinson Volquez


  • SS Jonathan Herrera
  • 3B Casey Blake (from UT)
  • SP Ian Kennedy


  • SP Chris Volstad
  • SP John Ely


  • Volquez made his debut on Saturday night in his return from Tommy John surgery, going 6 innings, with 1 earned run, 3 hits, 2 walks, and 9 strikeouts over 96 pitches against the Rockies.  I’d say he’s back, but he may have some wildness.
  • I bid $16 for new Atlanta SS Alex Gonzalez.  The bidding was as follows: $100 Cover Zero, $79 Misogynistic Padres, $53 X-Men, $16 AaRr.  I should have known beforehand, as Steve was making Gonzalez available prior to the FAAB run ($100 max bid + last place= no tie-breakers)
  • Belt and Robinson were signed as today was the deadline for acquiring players protectable in the minor leagues.
  • Backup bids for Belt and Robinson were former Roadrunner SP Christian Friedrich and Reds SS Zach Cozart