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Dodgers: Cody Bellinger Ranked Number 2 Centerfielder in Baseball

It’s that time of year. Indeed, just before Spring Training; these arbitrary subjective rankings come out at each position in baseball. Perhaps you recall last season when Bellinger was ranked as the second centerfielder in the game. Then he ended up winning a Gold Glove in right field.

In addition – and as a testament to his versatility – he was ranked in the top 5 first baseman in 2018.

Now here we are in 2020, with Bellinger figuring to be a full-time centerfielder. Of course, the obstacle of Mike Trout stands in his way at no. 1 overall. If you’re asking me, I think it’s going to be a matter of 1a and 1b this year in MLB. Have a look at the full rankings in the video below.

Here’s how MLB forecasted the top 10 centerfielders in the game right now:

  1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
  2. Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
  3. George Springer, Houston Astros
  4. Ramon Laureano, Oakland Athletics
  5. Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals
  6. Starling Marte, Arizona Diamondbacks
  7. Lorenzo Cain, Milwaukee Brewers
  8. Aaron Hicks, New York Yankees
  9. Brandon Nimmo, New York Mets
  10. Brett Gardner, New York Yankees

It shows you how inexact this list is that the Yankees have two outfielders on this list. Furthermore, some of the names on the list may be aging guys you have forgotten about. Still, the nod over a player like George Springer is as nice as it is obvious in regards to Bellinger.

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Truly, the battle comes down to the City of Angels at this position; between Trout and Bellinger. Trout is the greatest player of a generation.

Finally, it’s closer between the two then many outside of Dodgers circle might think. Recently we discussed how Bellinger might go about closing that gap in 2020 and becoming a more complete player.

Certainly, he’s one of the guys the national spotlight is on now. How he responds could find him atop this list in a year’s time.

NEXT: Former GM Examines Dynamic of Betts and Bellinger in the Same Outfield

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  1. I absolutely agree that Bellinger is one of the top two or three centerfielders in the game right now. But it has been humorous over the past decade to see the media anoint people who were going to knock Trout off his perch as the game’s best player. Maybe they had a better season one year (Cabrera, Harper, Betts) but were they really “better?” Doesn’t appear so. Bellinger will have to put in three or four more great years before we can talk about 1a and 1b.

  2. Mike Trout has been the best player in baseball since he first set foot on an MLB field. Bellinger is in good position behind him, since everyone else is, and has been for Trout’s entire career.

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