Cody Bellinger
Cody Bellinger
25-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Los Angeles Dodgers
Out
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 2/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
In his third season, Bellinger patched up some of the holes in his batting profile that had surfaced in 2018 and made the leap to superstardom. The NL MVP's production was mostly front-loaded -- he slashed .336/.432/.692 and slugged 30 of his homers in the first half -- but a refined plate approach was evident throughout. After posting an 0.45 BB/K between 2017 and 2018, Bellinger raised that mark to 0.88 in 2019, good for sixth among qualified hitters. He also turned in a .982 OPS versus lefties, a 200-point jump from his first two years. As if the big power numbers and improved contact rate weren't already enough, Bellinger added value by chipping in 15 steals and playing Gold Glove defense in right field. Bellinger's peak fantasy season might have already arrived, but since he won't turn 25 until July and is the centerpiece of a stacked Dodgers lineup, he'll be a reasonable top-five selection in drafts. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#14
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $11.5 million contract with the Dodgers in January of 2020.
Undergoes shoulder surgery
1BLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
November 17, 2020
Bellinger underwent surgery to repair his dislocated right shoulder Tuesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Bellinger's injury occurred while celebrating a homer in Game 7 of the NLCS. The injury was serious enough to require surgery despite the fact that he remained on the roster for the World Series. Recovery from the procedure is expected to take 10 weeks, which should give him the time to be ready by the start of spring training. Even if he's not forced to miss any time, the surgery still adds a bit of uncertainty to the star outfielder's profile heading into next season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
10
23
4
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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#3
#4
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1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+19%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+43%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+29%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .800 512 61 26 76 11 .247 .338 .462
Since 2018vs Right .952 1015 175 57 144 24 .290 .383 .568
2020vs Left .597 74 9 2 7 1 .209 .284 .313
2020vs Right .854 160 22 9 22 5 .252 .350 .504
2019vs Left .982 228 36 18 44 5 .280 .386 .596
2019vs Right 1.061 433 85 29 71 10 .317 .416 .645
2018vs Left .681 210 16 6 25 5 .226 .305 .376
2018vs Right .880 422 68 19 51 9 .278 .363 .518
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+14%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+29%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .861 748 109 41 102 17 .258 .353 .508
Since 2018Away .944 787 129 43 119 18 .293 .384 .560
2020Home .731 113 15 3 9 1 .229 .345 .385
2020Away .836 130 18 9 21 5 .248 .323 .513
2019Home 1.052 328 60 27 61 10 .304 .402 .650
2019Away 1.018 332 61 20 54 5 .306 .410 .608
2018Home .707 307 34 11 32 6 .221 .303 .404
2018Away .915 325 50 14 44 8 .298 .382 .533
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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 2019 data (min 400 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
0.71
 
BB Rate
12.3%
 
K Rate
17.3%
 
BABIP
.245
 
ISO
.216
 
AVG
.239
 
OBP
.333
 
SLG
.455
 
OPS
.789
 
wOBA
.345
 
Exit Velocity
83.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
38.0%
 
Barrels/PA
8.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Back in center field for Game 5
1BLos Angeles Dodgers
October 25, 2020
Bellinger (back) is starting in center field and batting sixth in Game 5 of the World Series against the Rays on Sunday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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Battling minor back issue
1BLos Angeles Dodgers
October 24, 2020
Bellinger's move to designated hitter for Game 4 of the World Series against the Rays on Saturday is due to lower-back stiffness, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Switches to DH spot
1BLos Angeles Dodgers
October 24, 2020
Bellinger switched from center field to designated hitter after a late lineup change prior to Saturday's World Series Game 4 matchup against the Rays, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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Cranks home run
1BLos Angeles Dodgers
October 20, 2020
Bellinger went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Tuesday in a win over the Rays in Game 1 of the World Series.
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Shoulder feels fine
1BLos Angeles Dodgers
October 19, 2020
Bellinger said Monday that his shoulder feels "pretty good" and that he's ready for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
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