LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Cody Bellinger (#35) from Triple-A Oklahoma City, with the 21-year-old set to make his Major League debut.
Bellinger will be making his debut in his fifth professional season after being selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Bellinger, who entered the 2017 season rated by MLB.com as the Dodgers’ No. 1 prospect and rated by Baseball America as the seventh-best overall prospect in baseball, has posted a .343 (23-for-67)/.429/.627 slashline with 15 runs, four doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI and seven stolen bases in 18 games with the Oklahoma City Dodgers this year.
Prior to his promotion, Bellinger ranked among the Pacific Coast League leaders in runs (T-4th), home runs (T-4th), RBI (T-8th), total bases (42, T-6th), stolen bases (T-2nd), on-base percentage (11th), slugging percentage (9th) and OPS (1.055, 7th). In the field, he appeared in 16 games (15 starts) at first base, two starts at center field and one start at left field for Oklahoma City this season. The Chandler, Arizona, native has a .271 career batting average with 65 homers and 253 RBI in 361 games.
To make room on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned outfielder Brett Eibner, who went 1-for-5 (.200) in three game in two stints with Los Angeles, to Triple-A Oklahoma City and to create room on the 40-man roster, Los Angeles designated right-handed pitcher Joe Gunkel for assignment.