Cody Bellinger: Dodgers calling up 1B/OF prospect Bellinger

27 April, 2017, 02:56 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Joc Pederson will be on the DL for 10 days. credit Stephen Dunn  Getty Images

With Joc Pederson on the disabled list and the team's outfield production stalled, the Dodgers have made a decision to call up top prospect Cody Bellinger, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Bellinger was batting.343 in 18 games with Oklahoma City, posting a 1.055 OPS.

As all of you know, Cody Bellinger absolutely broke the Dodgers community yesterday.

As mentioned earlier, Bellinger will likely contribute to the team by playing left field and center field, with some occasional first base starts. Yasiel Puig had been solid in right field, although he has been slumping lately, while Andrew Toles has struggled in left, leaving the Dodgers with a lack of production in the outfield.'s Jim Callis said he was the best power hitter in the minor leagues and had the defensive capabilities to play first base and the outfield and be an above average defender.

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The first call up of a top prospect may be coming very shortly. The move comes as a pleasant surprise to Dodger fans as the offense has sputtered all season long and have been looking for a spark. If Bellinger can adjust quickly and tap into his big power, he might just seize the Dodgers left field job for good and remain in the majors even after everyone gets healthy. Year-after-year, they have (Division I) guys and they get drafted and they perform.

Baseball America ranked him the No. 7 prospect in baseball entering 2017.

The newest Dodger will wear number 35 and, at 21-years old, is the youngest Dodger outfielder to make his debut since Matt Kemp in 2006. He had five home runs, including a two-homer game already this season, with 15 RBIs.


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