Belt keeps productive year going in AFL

Belt keeps productive year going in AFL

Brandon Belt has crisscrossed the country in his first Minor League season. And he's hit almost everywhere he's played.

The Giants first base prospect collected three hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in three runs Friday to lead the Scottsdale Scorpions to an 11-4 victory over the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

Selected in the fifth round of the 2009 Draft, Belt started his professional career in the California League, where he earned Midseason All-Star status after batting .383 with 10 homers, 62 RBIs and 18 stolen bases in only 77 games.

The 22-year-old Texan cooled off only slightly after a promotion to the Eastern League, hitting .337 with nine homers and 40 RBIs in 46 games. Belt finished the season in the Pacific Coast League and batted .229 with four homers and 10 RBIs in 13 games.

After three games in the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League, Belt is 6-for-13. He delivered an RBI double and scored in a five-run third inning, singled in the sixth and capped the Scorpions' scoring with a two-run double in the seventh.

Former second-round pick Xavier Avery (Orioles) was a catalyst at the top of the Scottsdale lineup, going 4-for-5 with a walk and three runs scored. Ryan Adams (Orioles) and Diamondbacks prospects A.J. Pollock and Marc Krauss each had two RBIs for the Scorpions (3-1).

Orioles Minor Leaguer Oliver Drake (1-0) gave up one hit -- a two-run homer to Brandon Laird (Yankees) -- over three innings for the win. He struck out four and walked one.

Laird, the Eastern League Rookie of the Year and MVP, finished with three of the seven hits for the Desert Dogs (2-2). Freddie Freeman (Braves) chipped in an RBI double and former first-round pick Grant Green (Athletics) drove in Phoenix's other run.

Braves Minor Leaguer Erik Cordier (0-1) was roughed up for five runs on four hits and two walks over 2 1/3 innings.

Daren Smith is an editor for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.