"I’d rather be overaggressive and have to back off than be passive and have to dial it up," he said. "Once you figure that stuff out, it doesn’t leave you. For the most part, you remember it."
Belt remembers everything coming far too easily in 2010, when he hit .352 with a 1.075 OPS while zooming from Single-A San Jose to Double-A Richmond to Triple-A Fresno.
But he made a fairly stunning admission about his season-long hot streak that burst him into the elite prospects rankings.
"In 2010, even when I was hitting well, I didn’t have any idea what I was doing," he said. "I was just hitting."
He never had to dig his way out of a slump. So when that happened at various junctures in the big leagues last season, he didn’t have the experience to know what to do.
"I don’t think I took the time to figure out what was going on," he said. "It was all so fast. I didn’t take the time to regroup."
He said he did some of that thinking in the 10 days between the end of last season and his first game for Escogido in the Dominican.
Asked if he would rather be a bench player in the big leagues or a starter at Triple-A, Belt made another surprising comment. He said he’d rather play.
"That’s a tough decision," he said. "We all want to be in the big leagues. But my main goal is to play every day. If I have to start in Fresno, that’s what I’ll do. Then my goal will be to produce enough to get back up here."