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Dodgers: Cody Bellinger Not Only Posting Eye-Popping Offensive Stats

Cody Bellinger is just really good at baseball.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 08: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers catches a drive by Josh Donaldson (not pictured) of the Atlanta Braves in the third inning of a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

Cody Bellinger, the National League leader for the MVP award has been electric with the bat, this we know. However, his glove has been just as impressive.

“Defensive stats are always a hairy topic,” as the Hot Stove Stats Twitter account went on to point out, but to be on pace for 48 DRS (defensive runs saved) to go along with his 53 HR pace is no small feat.

The 23 year-old Bellinger is essentially playing outfield exclusively for the first time in his professional career. In the minors, he appeared in 64 games in the outfield — only 29 starts. Moreover, of those 64 games, only 9 games were in right field.

So far this season Bellinger has found name in the same sentence as Babe Ruth, Mike Trout, and now Ken Griffey Jr. Those three hall of famers (I know what I wrote) combined to hit 1,600 home runs (so far). Griffey chipped in 10 gold gloves.

To say what Bellinger is doing is impressive would be quite an understatement.

Entering play on Friday night, he’s batting .370 with 20 home runs in 60 games. Enjoy it.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream. He is also 1/2 of the occasional "Clint and Clint #DNpregame" show.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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