The Dodgers are banged up already this season, opening the door for their uber prospect Cody Bellinger. The outfielder/ first baseman has been called up by the Dodgers and he is set to make his mark on the MLB. He may not stay with the team for an extended period of time but until Joc Pederson and Franklin Gutierrez are healthy, playing time should not be an issue.
Bellinger burst onto the prospect scene with a show stopping 2015 season at High-A Rancho Cucamonga. In that season he hit a wild 30 home runs. That was the season where he opened up a lot of eyes and those eyes were looking for a follow up performance. He followed it up with an an exceptional season at Triple-A and Double-A in 2016. He was able to smack 26 homers. He spent the majority of the year are Double-A Tulsa but in the three games at Triple-A Oklahoma City, he hit 3 home runs. A small sample size but with his advanced approach it showed that he could handle the better pitching.
That thought was confirmed this year when he hit a once again show stopping .343/.429/1.055 with five home runs, 15 RBI and seven stolen bases in 18 games at Triple-A this season. He forced the Dodger’s hand with his great play and made himself the only viable option to replace the team’s injured outfielders.
The long term plan for him is to replace Adrian Gonzalez when the time comes but if he plays well in his tryout, he will factor into the team’s plans this year. If you are wondering what the Dodgers will get from Bellinger, you are not alone.
Most scouts agree that his best asset is his power but both his contact tools and defensive tools are above average. He his a true four tool player with the only missing tool being his speed. However, that will not be a drag on his potential as it remains sky high. When he makes his MLB debut we will likely see a more contact oriented approach like we have seen from him in the transition from a lower level to a higher level. He will take walks and get on base but if a pitcher makes a mistake, he will turn around and put the ball in the seats.
The best news for the Dodgers may be that he hits lefties very well, something the team has struggled with so far. A great time to be a Dodgers fan.