Dodgers: Top Prospect Cody Bellinger Signs with New Agent

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Nov 5, 2016; Surprise, AZ, USA; West infielder Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2016; Surprise, AZ, USA; West infielder Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dodgers top prospect Cody Bellinger has reportedly hired Scott Boras as his agent. 

Bellinger joins Corey Seager and Julio Urias as young talent for the Dodgers, represented by Boras Corporations. With the signing,  Boras now represents more than 2,500 major and minor league players in the MLB.

Bellinger is the team’s consensus number 1 prospect according to Baseball America. He is currently ranked number 7 overall in their top 100 prospect rankings for the 2017 season.

Bellinger was drafted in the 4th round by the Dodgers in the 2013 draft and was given a $700,000 signing bonus.

The left-handed first baseman is coming off his best two seasons in the minors. In 2015, Bellinger hit .264 with 30 Home Runs and 103 RBI in A+ ball.

Last season in AA, Bellinger hit .263 with 23 Home Runs and 65 RBI. Bellinger was called up for the AAA playoffs and collected six hits in 11 at-bats, including 3 Home Runs.

The news was first reported by Robert Murray of FanRag Sports on Wednesday morning.

While Bellinger’s partnerships with Scott Boras signal a huge payday to come for the young prospect, he’ll still have to wait for his time receive the call to the majors.

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With Adrian Gonzalez starting at first base for the next two seasons. There’s no hurry for Friedman and Roberts to rush Bellinger up to the big leagues.

Bellinger certainly possesses the talent and upside to make the big league roster. But for now, there’s just no reason to hinder his development by having him sit on the bench.

Bellinger’s name has come up quite a few times this offseason. But the team have been reluctant to part ways with Bellinger.

If Friedman has shown anything since 2014, it’s that he loves his young prospects and Bellinger looks to play a prominent role in the club’s future.

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The signing of Boras as his agent nearly ensures Bellinger will receive a large contract when he’s eligible. But that payday won’t be coming anytime soon, as the team isn’t likely to call Bellinger up until the 2018 season. After that, Bellinger will have to wait three full seasons before being eligible for arbitration.

Don’t get me wrong; It certainly is a nice to be Bellinger right now.

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