Cody Bellinger

Cody Bellinger

26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Los Angeles Dodgers
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Bellinger has had a unique career trajectory to date. He was worth 15.3 fWAR, hit 111 home runs, stole 39 bases and won an NL MVP by the end of his age-23/24 season. Since then, he has hit .195/.278/.364 with 22 home runs and nine steals while being worth 0.4 fWAR over his last 151 games (2020-2021). He dealt with rib and hamstring injuries late last season and dealt with a calf injury in the spring that ended up getting re-diagnosed as a fractured fibula, which sidelined him for almost two months from early April to late May. Even prior to the calf/fibula injury, Bellinger was returning from November 2020 surgery to repair a dislocated right shoulder. There's no sugarcoating how bad Bellinger was in 2021, but it's hard to say what percentage of that poor performance can simply be blamed on the injuries he dealt with. Bellinger no longer carries first-base eligibility and doesn't turn 27 until July. He has gone outside the first 100 picks in many early NFBC drafts, which could end up looking like a massive bargain, although it requires a small leap of faith to make that pick on draft day. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#111
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$Signed a one-year, $17 million contract with the Dodgers in December of 2021.
Snaps power drought Thursday
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
May 13, 2022
Bellinger went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to Philadelphia.
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Bellinger came into the contest with no homers over his previous 14 games before he snapped that skid with a solo shot to right field in the third inning. It has been an up-and-down season for the center fielder thus far, as he batted .273 with four homers over his first 15 games but has hit just .140 with the one homer and a 3:19 BB:K in 15 games since.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
3
15
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
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#9
2
9
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+32%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+57%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+43%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .526 214 21 4 16 1 .175 .252 .273
Since 2020vs Right .692 504 64 22 63 11 .204 .282 .410
2022vs Left .710 44 4 1 5 0 .244 .295 .415
2022vs Right .666 90 11 4 9 3 .181 .244 .422
2021vs Left .383 96 8 1 4 0 .116 .208 .174
2021vs Right .601 254 31 9 32 3 .183 .252 .349
2020vs Left .597 74 9 2 7 1 .209 .284 .313
2020vs Right .854 160 22 9 22 5 .252 .350 .504
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+50%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+14%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .702 338 42 12 38 4 .208 .299 .403
Since 2020Away .605 389 45 15 42 8 .186 .254 .350
2022Home .744 63 7 2 7 1 .220 .270 .475
2022Away .623 71 8 3 7 2 .185 .254 .369
2021Home .662 162 20 7 22 2 .189 .278 .385
2021Away .440 188 19 3 14 1 .145 .207 .233
2020Home .731 113 15 3 9 1 .229 .345 .385
2020Away .836 130 18 9 21 5 .248 .323 .513
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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.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a batter in feet per second.
BB/K
0.20
 
BB Rate
6.7%
 
K Rate
32.8%
 
BABIP
.267
 
ISO
.218
 
AVG
.202
 
OBP
.261
 
SLG
.419
 
OPS
.681
 
wOBA
.296
 
Exit Velocity
81.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
41.3%
 
Barrels/PA
7.6%
 
Sprint Speed
23.5
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Bellinger's first three seasons at the big-league level were statistically marvelous, and his 2019 MVP campaign set high expectations for his 2020 season. Fantasy veterans know that what goes up must come down a bit, but nobody projected the type of performance Bellinger posted in 2020 as his actual outcomes at the plate severely lagged his expected ones. His xBA was 45 points better than his actual one while his xSLG was 43 points better than his actual SLG. Bellinger was still accepting of his walks and kept his strikeouts in check, but he surprisingly struggled against fastballs with a .236 BA and .358 SLG. When we look to where the expected stats see a rebound, it is against the fastball as he had a .290 xBA and .471 xSLG on fastballs. Expecting a repeat of 2019 is aiming too high, but getting close to what he did in 2017 is not out of reach with his talents. Dual eligibility is a bonus too.
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.
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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Racks up three hits Sunday
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
May 9, 2022
Bellinger went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday's 7-1 victory versus the Cubs.
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Swats pair of homers
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
April 24, 2022
Bellinger went 2-for-4 with two home runs, two runs and four RBI in a 10-2 victory against the Padres on Sunday.
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Late lineup addition
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
April 19, 2022
Bellinger was added to the lineup Tuesday against Atlanta and will start in center field and bat eighth, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Day off Tuesday
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
April 19, 2022
Bellinger is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against Atlanta, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Swats second homer
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
April 19, 2022
Bellinger went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and an additional RBI in a 7-4 victory versus the Braves on Friday.
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