The Los Angeles Dodgers made more roster moves today as they ended up reassigning four players from their major league roster and putting them down in minor league camp. Most notable among the four players being reassigned is smooth-hitting first baseman Cody Bellinger.
This spring, Bellinger managed to hit put together a .417 batting average, .563 on-base percentage, and .625 slugging percentage in 24 at-bats. He hit one home run, drove in three runs, and walked eight times while also hitting two doubles. He scored six runs. Bellinger’s 1.209 OPS was third among all Dodgers with at least ten at-bats.
From the official twitter account of the Los Angeles Dodgers:
Today, the #Dodgers reassigned INF Brandon Hicks, C Shawn Zarraga, OF Corey Brown and INF/OF Cody Bellinger to minor league camp.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 21, 2016
As noted, also sent down were Brandon Hicks, Shawn Zarraga, and Corey Brown. All four players sent down will begin the season in the minors with a chance to make the club later on in the season based on call-ups in September or possibly earlier. In Bellinger’s case, this is pretty interesting.
While Bellinger making the team out of camp was a certifiable long shot, he really showcased why the team is so excited about his prospects going forward. His sweet swing, his defense, and his overall athleticism played well during spring training when he was able to get onto the field.
When you start to imagine the future of the Los Angeles Dodgers, you can really start to see Cody Bellinger taking over for Adrian Gonzalez at first base sometime in the near future. Bellinger turns 21 in July, so he’s right around the corner. Especially since he’s likely to start the season at Double-A.
As of right now, 41 players remain on the spring training roster. That includes players such as Hyun-jin Ryu and Brett Anderson, both of whom are injured but have not been put on the disabled list or optioned down yet. More roster moves will be happening in the coming days.