By Jeff Awtrey - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - For former Hudson Hornet Brandon Belt, 2010 has been a whirlwind year.
The University of Texas first baseman began his year in San Jose, which is a Class A ball club of the San Francisco Giants. Belt got off to a hot start and was quickly promoted to the Double-A club in Richmond.
The step up in competition hasn't slowed Belt down, as he leads the team in batting average at a .341 clip and he has seven home runs and 32 RBI through just 34 games.
Belt recently took time to answer a few questions in an e-mail to us.
Q: It seems you're moving up pretty fast. Has it surprised even you?
A: My answer would have to be yes and no. I knew that I was capable of being a successful hitter at multiple levels of baseball, but I wasn't sure how long it would take me to do this because of the mechanical adjustments to my swing and batting stance by the Giants. Fortunately, I know my body well enough to make the proper adjustments where needed. My goal this year was to be consistent throughout the entire season, and hopefully if I stay focused I can do just that and keep moving up the latter as well.
Q: How do you like Richmond?
A: I feel like it is one the best atmospheres in all of minor league baseball. We have great fan turnouts at pretty much all of our games which helps keep up the intensity throughout the year. As for living in Richmond, I would have to say that it is a very interesting city due to its rich history and many great historical sites to visit for someone who loves history like me. There is plenty to do not only in this city, but around it as well with Washington D.C. and plenty of Civil War battle grounds right down the road.
Q: Any chance of a September call-up?
A: I would say probably not but never know what might happen. I try not to worry about that because its something I can't control. I can control, however, staying focused for the remainder of the season, having quality at-bats, and concentrating on playing good defense. If I do these things then I think it will definitely improve my chances.
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