With Joc Pederson on the disabled list, the Los Angeles Dodgers have announced on Tuesday that they have called up top prospect Cody Bellinger.
Bellinger is regarded as the No.10 prospect in all of baseball according to MLB.com. In 18 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, Bellinger was hitting to a slash line of .343/.429/.627, with five home runs and 15 RBI’s.
Bellinger smashed only two homers in his first two pro seasons, but has hit 56 in the last two combined and reached Triple-A by the age of 21. MLB.com says Bellinger has “added loft to his swing and gotten more aggressive about pulling pitches, becoming one of the best power prospects in the minors.”
Defensively, Bellinger has future Gold Glove potential at first base. He has excellent footwork around the bag and picks it out of the dirt very well. He also moves well enough and has the arm to play all three outfield positions.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated Pederson would be out at least a week after being placed on the disabled list on Monday. Bellinger will likely see time in the outfield, and could possibly takeover for struggling starter Andrew Toles in left when Pederson returns.