Belt finds comfort zone in Fresno

FRESNO, Calif.

"It was a very exciting thing and I wasn't sure if I was going to make it or not," Belt said. "They told me the last day. So obviously I was extremely excited."

But the excitement quickly faded and Belt, in his own words, succumbed to the pressure placed on him to succeed.

"I think after a few at bats, a few games, a few series, I started putting a lot of pressure on myself because the hits just weren't falling in for me," Belt said. "Every time I seemed to tweak my mechanics it seemed to just get me further in the hole. Nothing ever worked out for me."

But all it took was a trip back to AAA Fresno to get his mind right, and Belt has since flourished, blazing his way to a .408 average.

"I was just able to relax," Belt said. "I took a couple of days off before I got here and I told myself I was going to get comfortable at the plate, and comfortable in the batter's box. I felt like if I could get comfortable physically then the mental part would just take care of itself.

"That's what happened. I got in there, I got comfortable and I stopped worrying about mechanics and I started seeing the ball and hitting it."

Belt has made it sound, and look, that simple, quickly impressing his newest veteran teammates.

"He's got a great approach," said 10-year veteran teammate Terry Evans. "He's going to be a really good big league hitter for a long time. He's got a good head on his shoulders. So I see him being very successful for a long time."

And now that Belt has regained his hitting stroke, he says all that's left is to stay consistent through the ups and downs of the season.

"My goal is just to be consistent, consistently good obviously," said Belt. "You're going to have your ups and downs throughout the season and I want to be able to realize that, and just make sure as I go throughout the season I'm going to stay consistent, I'm able to drive in some runs and be productive."

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