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Meet Doug Mapson - The Genius Behind the Brandon Belt Pick

"I think he’s (Belt) an emerging young hitter. He’s had pretty good success at Texas so far. He does a lot of things you like. We saw him with some power to all fields even though he doesn’t have a tremendous number of home runs (eight). You have to give him credit in college ball for getting the job done. I was kind of leading the pack on this one, to be honest. I think he’s an emerging young hitter. It’s another situation, where, don’t look at what you don’t like about him. Here’s a guy who is 6-5, 220, who is a good athlete and a good fielder, has a good arm, he’s just learning to hit and he’s had moderate success. I think all the upside is in front of this guy. He’s a good example of the kind of scouting we talked about earlier, where you say, ‘don’t look at a guy and pick him apart so much that you miss what he can do.’ He might be able to contribute a few years down the line. Don’t forget, we’ve got instructors we pay a lot of money to in order to help these young hitters make the adjustments. We think the guy (Belt) has a big upside. We’ll see what kind of offensive player he becomes, but anyone who thinks they can solve hitting in just a few years of amateur ball is sorely mistaken." Doug Mapson is the Scouting Director for the SF Giants. I've never heard of him before, but if you believe his quote above then he was the one guy in the draft room back in June 2009 that was jumping up and down for the Giants to pick the current darling of the Giants' farm system - Brandon Belt. I'm very inclined to believe him, because the quote is from an interview that was conducted at the end of August last year. At that time there wasn't anybody running to the podium to take credit for the Belt pick. The news that the Giants got him in the 5th round was met with an almost universal, "Meh" and a yawn by draft gurus and fans alike. Mapson also discusses his thoughts on the Giants' draft picks from the first 4 rounds last year, so it's an interesting read above and beyond the part about Belt.
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