BELONIS, CARLOS

Position: Outfield

DOB: August 19, 1994

Height: 6’3″ / Weight: 175

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Free Agent (November 10, 2011)

Profile: Signed by the Brewers as a free agent in 2011 for a reported bonus of $550,000, Belonis made his debut in the Dominican Summer League a year later, appearing in 47 games.  He returned to the DSL in 2013, but suffered a broken thumb in his second game of the season, ending his year.  He made his way stateside in 2014, playing in the AZL, then advanced to Helena a year later.  Belonis spent all of 2016 at Class-A Wisconsin, then split the 2017 campaign between Wisconsin and High-A Carolina.  The son of former San Francisco Giant Andres Santana, Belonis began his career as a shortstop before moving to the outfield.  Tall and lanky, Belonis struggles to make contact at times and has seen a dip in his power numbers in recent years.  Defensively he has the speed to play centerfield, but can play either corner spot as well, with a slightly above average throwing arm.

2012: After signing with Milwaukee the previous November, Belonis made his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2012, appearing in 47 games and hitting .259 with six doubles, two triples and two home runs.  Working almost exclusively as a shortstop, Belonis committed 15 errors, but proved to be a threat on the basepaths, swiping 25 bases.

2013:  Belonis made the move to the outfield in 2013 and returned to the DSL to open the year, but he suffered a broken thumb in just his second game, ending his year before it really got underway.

2014: Despite his limited game action in 2013, the Brewers opted to bring Belonis to the states in 2014, assigning him to their rookie league affiliate in the Arizona League.  He appeared in 45 games with Maryvale and hit .271 with eight doubles, a triple and a home run while stealing 17 bags.

2015:  Belonis began the 2015 season in extended spring training, then joined Helena once their season began.  He appeared in 61 games there, belting a career-high seven home runs.  He added six doubles and three triples, finishing the year with a .252 average and an OPS of .744.

2016:  The Brewers gave Belonis his first taste of full-season ball in 2016, assigning him to Low-A Wisconsin to start the year.  He saw action in 100 games with the Timber Rattlers, batting .255 with three home runs while scoring 39 runs and driving in 33.

2017:  Belonis made the jump to High-A to open the 2017 season, joining the Carolina Mudcats, but his playing time was limited on a roster loaded with prospects and he was sent back to Wisconsin in late-June.  He played in 26 games there, before returning to Carolina a month later to finish out the season.  In 59 combined games between the two teams, Belonis hit .242 and scored 25 runs.