He got a good, long look.Cody Bellinger, baseball's 12th-ranked overall prospect and the top Dodgers prospect, was among seven cut from Los Angeles' Major League Spring Training camp on Wednesday. He played in 27 Cactus League games, and he homered Tuesday and went 1-for-2 in his swan song.
He got a good, long look.
Cody Bellinger, baseball's 12th-ranked overall prospect and the top Dodgers prospect, was among seven cut from Los Angeles' Major League Spring Training camp on Wednesday. He played in 27 Cactus League games, and he homered Tuesday and went 1-for-2 in his swan song.
The native of the Phoenix area and son of former big leaguer Clay Bellinger hit .196 (11-for-56) with two homers, a double and 19 strikeouts -- not the offensive showing Dodgers fans may have expected from the prospect who batted .271/.365/.507 with 26 homers last year.
Bellinger, who doesn't turn 22 until July 13, is expected to begin the season back at Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he played three regular-season games and nine Pacific Coast League playoff games after spending the bulk of 2016 with Double-A Texas.
An exceptional first baseman, Bellinger has also seen time in the outfield -- during the Minor League season and Spring Training. Veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez missed much of the spring with elbow issues, but he's logged four hits over four games since returning to action last week.
Since being plucked out of high school in the fourth round of the 2013 Draft, the left-handed hitter has continually raised his prospect stock. Bellinger belted 30 homers and 33 doubles in the California League in 2015, his first full season. Last year's production at the higher levels of the Minors gave him a .349 on-base percentage and 625 total bases over 343 games across five pro seasons.
The Dodgers also optioned infielder Rob Segedin while reassigning outfielders Tyler Holt and O'Koyea Dickson, right-hander Brandon Morrow, and infielders Ike Davis and Charlie Culberson.
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