By now, I’m sure you have heard about the stud prospect the Dodgers have on their hands. I’m also sure that you have heard about his versatility on the field, which includes his ability to play the outfield. Well on Tuesday, Cody Bellinger made his major league debut and threw his name into the Dodgers outfield situation.
Fans of the site know of our admiration for Cody Bellinger, and it is for a good reason. He was tearing it up in AAA and basically forced the Dodgers hand on bringing him up to the majors. Now that he is here, Dodgers fans will get a taste of what he can bring to this team.
Bellinger is a possible 5-tool star in this league and will eventually find himself relieving Adrian Gonzalez of his duties after his contract expires. Until that time, he will be scrounging for starts in left field and may even get some opportunities in center.
Because Bellinger has only played 3 games there’s not much of a major league track record to go by. We can, however, look at how he has been used as Dave Roberts made the decision to start him at the leadoff spot on Wednesday against the Giants. Cody may be 6 foot 4 and 210 pounds, but he has some wheels as he proved with his 6-6 rate on stolen bases in the minors. Basically, it’s going to take a few more weeks to see what Cody will be in the majors.
For the time being, Cody Bellinger will be the Dodgers best option in left field. It remains to be seen if he will stay on the team once other players start getting healthy. But for the time being, he should be an everyday outfield with Puig. His production will tell for how long that last.