He’s only played in 12 games. Pitchers don’t know his hot and cold zones, but whose to say this insanity won’t continue?
In his first 12 games, he’s seen the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, one game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, a series that opened up Monday night in Los Angeles. In 46 at-bats Bellinger has posted a slash of .326/.392/.717 with five home runs, including a grand slam, and 14 RBI’s.
Coming into the season, Bellinger was the 10th best prospect in baseball according to MLB.com. He was called up on April 25th when outfielder Joc Pederson landed on the DL.
The 21 year old can play both outfield and first base.
Originally expected to spend most of this season in the minors, Bellinger’s call up is a bit of a surprise. Based on roster needs vs. player development in the minors, Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi says “It’s a little of both (roster needs and development). An opportunity has to be created before a guy can get here,” Says Zaidi.
“Especially on team like ours, that doesn’t have a lot of obvious openings.
On May 5th, for the first time in 14 years, Adrian Gonzalez landed on the 10-day DL with right elbow soreness. So, it seems Bellinger will get a little more time to take it all in. Bellinger won NL Player of the Week last week. In five games he went 9-21 with three home runs and nine RBI’s.