FRESNO- The Pacific Coast League announced today that Fresno Grizzlies infielder Brandon Belt has been honored as PCL Player of the Week for July 14-17. Belt joins pitcher Andrew Kown as the second Grizzlies player recognized by the league this season, but is the first Fresno hitter to earn the nod since Brett Pill, May 3-9, 2010.
Belt led the league with a .632 on-base percentage, thanks to six hits and six walks over the Grizzlies' recent four-game series at rival Sacramento. He reached base safely no less than twice in each game, and went 3-for-3 with a walk and the game-deciding home run, helping the Grizzlies to a 3-2 victory July 14.
The Nacogdoches, Texas native has been a force for Fresno during both of his stints with the Grizzlies this season. He is batting .333 (46-for-138) with 11 doubles, seven home runs, 29 runs scored and 29 RBI in just 42 games in Triple-A this year. His .469 on-base percentage would be tops in the PCL, if he had enough bats to qualify. The 23-year-old entered the 2011 season as the top-rated prospect in the San Francisco Giants farm system, according to Baseball America.
The Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants, return home for 12 games starting on Friday, July 22nd at 7:05pm as they take on the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Tickets are available now at the Chukchansi Park Box Office, over the phone at 559-320-TIXS or online at www.fresnogrizzlies.com.
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