Just a little over two weeks ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers called up one of their prized prospects in Cody Bellinger. At the time of the call-up, it was said to only be a short stay for the youngster due to injuries. After about a week, regardless of the fact that he was tearing the cover off the ball, David Roberts ( Los Angeles Dodgers Manager) was on record stating he would be sent back down to AAA for more grooming and preparation, as all clubs and managers like to say about their young, potential all star prospects.
Any rumors of being sent down to Triple-A were quickly put to rest as Bellinger continued to rake at the plate. Currently sporting a .322 average with 6 home runs, and 17 RBI’s, Bellinger already has a walk-off single added to his resume, along with two 2-home run games, and a grand slam as well.
Although Joc Pederson is now back from the Disabled List, who was initially the reason Bellinger would be sent back down, Adrian Gonzalez has hit the DL at this time, thus opening more everyday playing time for the young lefty slugger at his natural position in First Base. Andrew Tholes who at times was somewhat of a spark plug for the Dodgers in the early going has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season, thus creating a little bit more room for Bellinger to “hang around”.
Bellinger looks to continue his hot streak at the plate,and have the versatility in the field in order to be a mainstay with the Dodgers. Questions will be raised once Gonzalez returns from the DL, however he appears to be headed back to left field once the time comes.
Dodger town, Bellinger is here to stay!