Cody Bellinger
23-Year-Old First Baseman1B
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Big things were expected from Bellinger in his second season after he ran away with the NL Rookie of the Year award. He did steal four more bases than he did in 2017 -- albeit in 30 more games -- but his numbers declined in the other standard fantasy categories and all three rates in his slash line, even as he lowered his strikeout rate and improved his BB:K. Those improvements helped him hit .285 and post a .369 OBP after the All-Star break, but that came at the expense of even more power. He also struggled quite a bit against southpaws in year two, as his OPS dipped from .903 to just .681. Despite the overall decline, Bellinger is still a versatile fantasy option, able to play two positions and contribute across the board. The increases in the second half suggest some improvement in plate selection, and there’s plenty of reason to expect Bellinger -- who won’t turn 24 until July 13 -- to bounce back if he can find his power stroke again. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Dodgers in June of 2013 that includes a $700,000 signing bonus.
Blasts another homer
1BLos Angeles Dodgers
May 19, 2019
Bellinger went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and a walk in the Dodgers' 8-3 win over the Reds on Sunday.
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There seems to be no end in sight for Bellinger's incredible early-season tear, as he blasted his 17th long ball of the season in this contest with a seventh-inning two-run shot off Wandy Peralta. The 23-year-old's slash line is now a ridiculous .405/.485/.791 through 163 at-bats.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
5
20
2
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
3
4
1
4
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+19%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+29%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .836 456 53 24 85 11 .263 .338 .499
Since 2017vs Right .970 923 161 57 132 20 .293 .382 .588
2019vs Left 1.132 73 14 6 18 2 .355 .438 .694
2019vs Right 1.352 126 29 11 26 5 .433 .516 .837
2018vs Left .681 210 16 6 25 5 .226 .305 .376
2018vs Right .880 422 68 19 51 9 .278 .363 .518
2017vs Left .903 173 23 12 42 4 .271 .335 .568
2017vs Right .948 375 64 27 55 6 .265 .360 .588
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+29%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .883 679 100 40 108 15 .269 .355 .528
Since 2017Away .967 700 114 41 109 16 .296 .380 .587
2019Home 1.295 104 22 10 25 5 .420 .500 .795
2019Away 1.243 95 21 7 19 2 .385 .474 .769
2018Home .707 307 34 11 32 6 .221 .303 .404
2018Away .915 325 50 14 44 8 .298 .382 .533
2017Home .930 268 44 19 51 4 .268 .358 .571
2017Away .937 280 43 20 46 6 .265 .346 .590
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Stat Review
How does Cody Bellinger compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
1.04
 
BB Rate
14.6%
 
K Rate
14.1%
 
BABIP
.403
 
ISO
.380
 
AVG
.404
 
OBP
.487
 
SLG
.783
 
OPS
1.271
 
wOBA
.526
 
Exit Velocity
93.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
52.5%
 
Barrels/PA
10.6%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Cody Bellinger
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3 days ago
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NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
3 days ago
Jan Levine is back with his latest NL FAAB recommendations while providing updates on a few injured achievers, including Scott Kingery approaching a return to the Phillies' lineup.
The Z Files: Changing Expectations
5 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at hitters like the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger who have moved the needle the most since the preseason, for better or for worse.
The Long Game: Knowing When To Hold 'Em
6 days ago
Erik Siegrist analyzes whether some of the season's top surprises, such as the Tigers' Matthew Boyd, are the building blocks of future success in keeper leagues or assets to be cashed in now.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
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2016
An injury to Adrian Gonzalez opened the door for Bellinger sooner than expected and Bellinger made the most of the opportunity. He finished second in the National League in home runs and tied for 13th in RBI despite spending the first three weeks of the season in the minors and later making a trip to the disabled list. He finished inside the top six in both ISO (.315) and hard-hit rate (43 percent), utilizing a violent uppercut swing to generate immense power. The 22-year-old endured some struggles in the postseason, finishing 4-for-28 with 17 strikeouts in the World Series, and there may be something to those struggles: Bellinger was routinely exploited on inside breaking balls. Perhaps that is a hole that will be exposed more moving forward, but we'll bet on Bellinger's talent and say he figures it out. Look for him to bat cleanup every day after posting a .903 OPS against left-handed pitching as a rookie.
With Corey Seager and Julio Urias both graduating last year, Bellinger now stands as the top prospect in the Dodgers' system. After getting off to a slow start in 2016, the 21-year-old first baseman finished with 26 home runs, slugging 19 of them from July 1 on. Bellinger ended the season with a surge, playing three games at Triple-A where he tallied three home runs and six RBI. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Bellinger has a sweet left-handed power stroke, and he is athletic enough to play first base or the outfield. His final slash line for the 2016 campaign shows his impressive combination of power and plate discipline. Bellinger will begin the 2017 campaign at Triple-A. Adrian Gonzalez is signed through the 2018 season, so Bellinger's path would appear to be blocked in the short term, though his athleticism could allow him to get some at-bats in the outfield.
Though Corey Seager may have a beef with the voting, Bellinger was named the organization's Minor League Hitter of the Year. The 20-year-old batted .264/.336/.538 for High-A Rancho Cucamonga, a line that included 30 home runs and 103 RBI in addition to 10 stolen bases. As one can imagine by the relatively low batting average, Bellinger swung and missed a lot, fanning 150 times for a 27.6% K-rate, though he did draw a decent number of walks (52 in 128 games). Bellinger hit just three home runs in 51 games in 2014, so while the power spike is due in part to a very favorable hitting environment in the Cal League, the first baseman is clearly one of the organization's top prospects. He will be challenged by a promotion to Double-A this year where he'll be one of the league's younger players. Should Bellinger handle that level of pitching, we should see him on plenty of midseason top-100 prospect lists.
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Blasts 16th homer
1BLos Angeles Dodgers
May 17, 2019
Bellinger went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs in a 6-0 victory against the Reds on Friday.
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Goes deep in win
1BLos Angeles Dodgers
May 15, 2019
Bellinger went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in a victory over San Diego on Tuesday.
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Reaches base four times
1BLos Angeles Dodgers
May 12, 2019
Bellinger went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored in a win against Washington on Sunday.
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Starting Monday
1BLos Angeles Dodgers
May 6, 2019
Bellinger is hitting second and playing right field against the Braves on Monday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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Makes pinch-hit appearance
1BLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
May 6, 2019
Bellinger (shoulder) made a pinch-hit appearance in Sunday's 8-5 loss to the Padres, striking out swinging in his eighth-inning at-bat.
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