Saturday, December 31, 2016

DrB's 2017 Giants Top 50 Prospects: #26 Kelvin Beltre

Kelvin Beltre, 3B.  DOB:  9/25/1996.  B-R, T-R.  5'11", 170 lbs.  International FA.

2014 DSL:  .235/.430/.441, 5 2B, 3 HR, 7 SB, 23.7 BB%, 11.8 K%, 93 PA.
2015 AZL:  .239/.375/.348, 2 2B, HR, 3 SB, 14.3 BB%, 30.4 K%, 56 PA.
2016 AZL:  .333/.360/.583, 4 2B, 3B, SB, 3.8 BB%, 15.4 K%, 26 PA.
2016 A:  .250/.329/.406, 14 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 7 SB, 7.4 BB%, 29.2 K%, 216 PA.

One glance at Kelvin Beltre's stat lines tells you what his biggest problem as a prospect has been:  Injuries!  In 3 seasons since signing as an international FA, he's accumulated about 1/2 season of PA, total.  When you are a young prospect with tools who needs to develop skills, the injuries can be a career killer.   On the other hand, when you look at those lines and squint, you can see flashes of something to dream on, starting with the XBH's and SB's.  Before in injury that cost him all of July and most of June and August, he slashed .333/405/.576 over 9 games in June and he hit .333 over his last 10 games of the season between Arizona and Augusta.

Beltre desperately needs a full season of good health.  If he can get that, the sky is the limit!

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