Dodgers: Outfield Grades for the Month of May
By Hector Ponce
The stud Rookie made his debut in late April but made his presence felt during the month of May, mashing nine home runs in 28 games. Cody was not supposed to be up this long, but his hitting kept him up, and injuries made him a mainstay in the lineup.
Bellinger came up to platoon in the outfield and give veteran Adrian Gonzalez some days off at first base. Adrian Gonzalez went to the DL which thrust Cody into the starting spot at first base.
All was going well until Andrew Toles tore his ACL, giving manager Dave Roberts a big decision to make. Roberts decided to give the rookie the everyday role out in left field.
Bellinger proved why he got the nod. Not only did he put up monster power numbers, but he also played great defense in left field. As Anthony Perez wrote, “we may have back-to-back Rookie of the Years in Los Angeles.” That is how well Bellinger has played this month. Although he has cooled down, he is still an exceptional talent in this league.