After tying a career-high with 18 home runs through early August, Brandon Belt was on pace for a breakout season in the power department. The Giants' first baseman was on pace to realistically reach 30 home runs.
And then his season came to a crashing halt.
Belt took a curveball to the head on August 4 from Arizona rookie Anthony Banda. He sustained his fourth concussion and never played again in 2017.
Back in September, Belt spoke with Insider Alex Pavlovic while still experiencing concussion symptoms. On Wenesday, Belt opened up about his current health and it's a much more positive update.
"I feel great right now," Belt told MLB Radio Network. "The last couple days of the season, I felt great then, and I've felt better and better this offseason."
The Giants signed Belt to a five-year, $72.8 million deal in April of 2016. His concussion history is certainly a concern.
"Every concussion has taken me two months to recover, so that's been the problem," Belt said. "I'm going to try to avoid it the whole season and hopefully I can get through it with no accidents."
Before the concussion, Belt was hitting .241/.355/.469 with 18 home runs and 51 RBI in 104 games played.