Dodger News: Cody Bellinger Ranked the Second-Best Center Fielder Heading into 2021

Few players in MLB are oozing with talent like the Dodgers’ own Cody Bellinger. The 25-year old is a true five-tool talent who can do it all. After coming up through the system primarily as a first baseman, he’s spent the last couple of seasons roaming the outfield. First basemen don’t usually do well in such a move, but Bellinger has flourished out there.

In fact, MLB Network recently named him the second-best center fielder in all of baseball. He trails a guy you might know by the name of Mike Trout. While there are some who would try to argue that Belli should hold the number one spot, the ranking is quite the accomplishment for Dodger slugger. It’s also worth noting that former Dodger Alex Verdugo was ranked as the fourth-best centerfielder heading into 2021.

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After a monstrous 2019 season that saw him win the NL MVP Award, Bellinger struggled during the shortened 2020 season. He finished the year with a .239 batting average, 12 home runs, and 30 RBIs in 56 games. Even in a shortened season, Bellinger’s production took a big step backward. That shouldn’t be anything to fear though as many players failed to get into a groove in a weird year. 

There’s no doubt that Bellinger still has the talent to be one of the game’s best for years. MLB recognized it, and I’m sure other teams will too once they are either robbed of a home run or watch Cody as he rounds the bases after connecting for one of his own. With his free agency just on the horizon, the clock is ticking for the Dodgers to get an extension done. As for Mike Trout, his time as the best center fielder may be coming to an end soon.

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Adam Salcido

“That is the way this game is -- you win, you lose, you celebrate and you suffer.” -- Vin Scully

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