Belt wins Giants spring rookie award
SURPRISE, Ariz. –- Giants rookie first baseman Brandon Belt received some good news on Sunday and it had nothing to do with him making the team.
Belt received the Harry S. Jordan Award as the top first-year player in camp this spring, it was announced before the Giants closed the Cactus League portion of their schedule against the Royals at Surprise Stadium. The vote of his teammates, coaches and trainers was unanimous.
Belt said he was still awaiting word from Giants management on his status: big league or Triple-A.
“They’ve told me absolutely nothing,” said Belt, who was in the cleanup spot and playing first base on Sunday. “I have no idea what’s going to happen. I’m just trying to do my best every day and whatever happens, happens.”
Belt is traveling with the team back to the Bay Area where the Giants are playing their annual three-game Bay Bridge Series against the A’s beginning at AT&T Park on Monday night. The season opener is in Los Angeles against the rival Dodgers on Thursday at 5 pm PT.
Manager Bruce Bochy said before the game that there certainly will be an answer by then and that the last couple of spots on the big club are still up for grabs. The Giants don’t have to set their 25-man roster until Thursday morning.
Belt’s chances of making the team certainly increased with the calf injury to Cody Ross, who’ll start the season on the 15-day disabled list and is expected to miss the first three weeks.
“It makes us get more creative, that’s for sure” Bochy said. “Does it make it any easier? Maybe a little bit. We lost a pretty good bat in Cody Ross. That will certainly play into it when we make that decision. [Belt] would give us another left-handed bat on the bench or we could do what we did in the past. We came off a great year last year. We could go similar to what we had last year when we started the season.”