SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Brandon Belt sounded as if he had just faced one of the National League's premier pitchers after taking swings in live batting practice off Tim Lincecum. Of course, Lincecum formerly prompted such awe on a regular basis. And if the Giants right-hander truly has recaptured his Cy Young Award-winning form -- well, who knows what could happen this year?
Belt knew that Lincecum, who confronted hitters for the first time this spring, looked formidable.
"His fastball was deceptive," Belt said. "It gets on you a little quicker than you expected. I thought the breaking stuff had more life to it. He was hitting corners, in and out. He didn't seem to have any problem with that."
Lincecum was unavailable for comment, having left the clubhouse before reporters were allowed inside. But he didn't have to be present to point out that none of the hitters he faced -- Belt, Andrew Susac and Joaquin Arias -- made authoritative contact.
"He had a great delivery, command -- everything," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Lincecum.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.