Brandon Kyle Belt, born April 20, 1988, and nicknamed “Baby Giraffe” and “Sparky,” is a Major League Baseball first baseman for the San Francisco Giants.
He attended San Jacinto College and the University of Texas in Austin, where he played baseball. Belt was chosen by the Giants in the fifth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft.
Belt played pitcher and outfield for Hudson High School in Hudson, Texas. The Boston Red Sox drafted Belt as a pitcher in the 11th round (343rd overall) of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft but did not offer him the signing money that would have allowed him to forego his college commitment.
Belt enrolled at San Jacinto College in order to keep his negotiating power with Boston, but he ultimately opted not to sign.
In 2007, he pitched and batted designated for the San Jacinto baseball club. The Atlanta Braves took him in the 11th round (348th overall) of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft, but he declined to sign.
Belt batted.309/.425/.591 in 51 games during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, including 9 home runs and 30 RBIs. He had the National League’s fourth-highest OPS (1.015).
How Much Does Brandon Belt Make?
Brandon Belt agreed to terms with the San Francisco Giants on a one-year, $18,400,000 contract, with $18,400,000 guaranteed and an annual average salary of $18,400,000.