Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers became the quickest player to ever hit 21 home runs in MLB history last night, it took him just 51 games to reach this mark. Bellinger hit 2 bombs last night in a 3-for-5 effort, leading his club to a 10-6 victory against the New York Mets.
Bellinger is a stud, and he just has the swag to fit in LA. Entering this season, Bellinger was listed as the number one prospect in the Dodgers organization. The 21-year-old rookie began the season in AAA, and it took the Dodgers to go through some injury issues before he got the call up. At first, it was thought that he would just be a fill-in until Joc Pederson and Adrian Gonzalez were healthy and off the DL. However, he came up and had immediate success, and that success never came to a stop as he’s just been simply amazing.
Since June 10th (9 games), Bellinger is hitting .375 (15-for-40) with 4 multi-hit games, 3 multi-HR games, 9 total HRs, 16 RBI and 12 runs scored. He’s been raking, no other way to put it. Bellinger is leading the National League in home runs with his 21, and the crazy thing is he’s played 14 less games than Eric Thames, who is 2nd in the NL with 20.
For someone who was originally scouted as a player who would not possess the type of power you’d normally want for a 1st baseman, Bellinger proved in the minors that he was capable of putting up big power numbers. And he brought that power to LA with him as well, with a very pure, smooth swing.
Bellinger is slashing .269/.658/.998 with 21 HR, 47 RBI, 39 R, and 4 SB showing he can run if he’s not hitting balls out of Dodger Stadium.
I’m all in on the Cody Bellinger hype. I’m already a huge fan of his and I think he’s poised for a great major league career. Bellinger has only played 51 games out of the Dodgers 71, but with the numbers he’s putting up I believe he’s earned a spot on the National League All-Star Team. He’s a big reason the Dodgers are in 2nd place, just 0.5 GB from the Colorado Rockies in a 3-team race also including the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.
The sky is the limit for the rookie, Bellinger, and I know I’m excited to see him succeed throughout his career.