Belanger folluwed up his injury riddled freshman season with an abbreviated sophomore campaign where he racked up a .273/.319/.386 line, one home run, and four RBIs in 23 games played. Belanger has seen his first collegiate action this spring after being redshirted for the 2012 season because of injury.
Belanger attended Cypress High School in California where he earned four letters in baseball and led the Centurions to back-to-back Empire League Championships his junior and senior year. He was a four-time All-League selection and posted a .500 batting average his junior season. For his accomplishments, Belanger was named First Team All-CIF and the Empire League Most Valuable Player his junior year. He was also an All-Academic selection while attending Cypress High.
Baseball runs in the Belanger family, as Zack’s father, Lee, was drafted in the 6th Round of the 1980 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins and played five seasons in the minor leagues. As a pitcher, Lee posted a career minor league win-loss record of 25-23 with a 3.86 ERA. His brother C.J. Belanger played for Cal State Northridge for four years, and earned second-team All-Big West honors as a senior in 2010. Belanger was born in Anaheim, California and resides in Stanton.