Dodgers Promote Cody Bellinger to Big Leagues

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(Mandatory Credit: Michael Spomer/Cal Sports Media)

The Dodgers on Tuesday afternoon selected the contract of 21-year-old infielder/outfielder Cody Bellinger from Triple-A Oklahoma City for the club’s middle game of a three-game set against the Giants.

To make room on the 25-man active roster, the Dodgers optioned outfielder Brett Eibner to Oklahoma City, and to create room on the 40-man roster, Los Angeles designated right-handed pitcher Joe Gunkel for assignment.

 Ken Gurnick of MLB.com was the first to announce Bellinger’s promotion.

Bellinger spearheaded the sizzling offense at OKC in the early stages of 2017, slashing .343/.429/.627 with five home runs. He led Oklahoma City with 15 runs scored, 14 RBI, nine walks and seven stolen bases, and has reached base safely in 17 of his first 18 Triple-A games.

The left-handed hitting Bellinger was selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB draft. After passing up a baseball scholarship at the University of Oregon, he began his career in the minors with the Arizona League Dodgers at the age of 17 and has never looked back.

Son of former New York Yankees utility man Clay Bellinger, Cody was named to both the first and second-half Cal League All-Star teams in 2015, and was honored as MVP of the Cal League Championship Series. He was also voted as the best defensive first baseman in the Cal League for 2015 by Class-A managers and coaches. He ended the campaign hitting .264/.336/.538 in 478 AB while recording 30 HR, 103 RBI, 52 walks and 10 steals.

Last season, between both Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A OKC, the Scottsdale native hit .271/.365/.507 with 26 long balls, 17 doubles and 71 RBI. Besides earning organizational All-Star status is both 2015 and 2016, he was named as a Double-A All-Star by Baseball America last year, and earned honors in the Arizona Fall League as a Rising Star and as a member of the All-Prospect Team.

Mainly a first baseman, Bellinger has also started two games in center field this season, and made his first start in left field this year on Monday. Last year with the Drillers, he played 13 games in left field, 13 games in center field, and nine games in right field.

The transaction comes one day after center fielder Joc Pederson was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a groin strain.

Bellinger will wear No. 35 on his uniform.

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