Dodgers bring up top prospect Cody Bellinger

Joc Pederson will be on the DL for 10 days. credit Stephen Dunn  Getty Images

Bellinger, who didn't know he would be in the lineup immediately, said he feels more prepared to take this step in his career because he grew up around a major league dad and was around the clubhouse and big leaguers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced that one of the top power-hitting prospects in baseball will be making his way to the majors.

Bellinger is a gifted first baseman with defensive skills that scouts project as Gold Glove-caliber.

"I see him in the outfield right now". Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring) and Joc Pederson (groin) all now sidelined, the 21-year-old carries immediate fantasy value in deeper mixed leagues after tearing it up in the minors.

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The Dodgers have now put 12 different players on the DL since Opening Day, an alarming number since they have played only 19 games. "I think while he's here he'll be out there quite a bit".

Bellinger did not hit well during the Cactus League schedule, but has torn up Pacific Coast League pitching since the start of the regular season. In 77 plate appearances with Oklahoma City this season, he is hitting.343/.429/.627 with five home runs and four doubles. "He just had a lovely swing". In Triple-A and obviously up here, the ball moves and it's not going to be a straight heater all the time. With Julio Urias slated to start the getaway game on Thursday afternoon against the Giants, the Dodgers seem to be putting all of their chips in play early in the season.

He would be leaving Oklahoma City right away for San Francisco and his major league debut.

"The guys in this clubhouse make it really easy to perform and succeed and be comfortable", Bellinger said. While inexperienced at those positions, Bellinger is a good enough athlete to perform adequately in the outfield, although first base projects to be his best position long-term.

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