Cody Bellinger, the Dodgers’ prized prospect, is highly regarded for his Swiss Army knife traits. Dave Roberts said we’ll see Bellinger’s talent to its full extent over the next month.
Bellinger will play all three outfield spots, plus his “designated” position of first base, Roberts said.
Roberts said he wants to see #Dodgers top prospect Cody Bellinger at 1B and all 3 outfield spots during Cactus League this spring
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) February 24, 2017
Bellinger told Dodgers Nation he’s intending to make the roster out of camp. One way to ensure that, or at least guarantee a midseason promotion, is by showing off his wide-ranging skillset.
An outfielder growing up, Bellinger found a home at first base. The Dodgers decided to have him return to the outfield part-time, in large part due to Adrian Gonzalez’s presence. Bellinger is the heir apparent to Gonzalez, but with Gonzalez signed for two more seasons, L.A. didn’t want its top prospect blocked.
Enter the outfield idea. The Dodgers love versatile players, making it unsurprising they’ve trained their best prospect as such. Bellinger may not make the Opening Day roster, but barring unforeseen circumstances, he’s likely to be in Los Angeles by September, if not sooner.