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
$Signed a contract with the Dodgers in June of 2013 that includes a $700,000 signing bonus.
Cranks three-run homer
1BLos Angeles Dodgers
February 28, 2019
Bellinger went 1-for-2 with a home run and three RBI in Thursday's game against Colorado.
ANALYSIS
Bellinger was dealing with back soreness at the start of camp, but his back looked just fine when he sent a two-run shot soaring over the center-field fence in the fifth inning. He's expected to be just fine for Opening Day unless he suffers a major setback.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+29%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .782 383 39 18 67 9 .246 .319 .463
Since 2016vs Right .912 797 132 46 106 15 .272 .361 .550
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
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+14%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+29%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .810 575 78 30 83 10 .243 .329 .481
Since 2016Away .925 605 93 34 90 14 .283 .365 .560
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
BB/K
0.46
 
BB Rate
10.9%
 
K Rate
23.9%
 
BABIP
.313
 
ISO
.210
 
AVG
.260
 
OBP
.343
 
SLG
.470
 
OPS
.814
 
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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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Returns to lineup
1BLos Angeles Dodgers
February 26, 2019
Bellinger (back) is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Royals.
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Returns to practice
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Back
February 24, 2019
Bellinger (back) returned to practice Sunday and could be in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Battling back soreness
1BLos Angeles Dodgers
Back
February 23, 2019
Bellinger will be held out of workouts for a few days as a precaution due to a sore back, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Unlikely to see much use in center
1BLos Angeles Dodgers
February 12, 2019
Manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that he envisions Bellinger receiving most of his action at right field and first base in 2019, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Absent from Game 5 lineup
1BLos Angeles Dodgers
October 28, 2018
Bellinger isn't in the starting lineup for Game 5 of the World Series against Boston, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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