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Dodgers: Keith Law Believes Cody Bellinger Must Make An Adjustment

With our player projections coming out soon, many are wondering how certain Dodgers will fare in 2019. Moreover, few players come with more anticipation than one Cody Bellinger.

MLB Network ranked him favorably as one of the top centerfielders in baseball. Hitting strategist Brant Brown told FRG and I that ‘rookie year Bellinger’ would make an appearance in the coming year.

Now, the respected opinion of Keith Law is in circulation. Law and Kiley McDaniel held a Dodgers-focused chat, and a question on Bellinger was risen. That question came in from user ‘Nook’. Nook asks Is Bellinger still young enough to make significant strides offensively, or do you think 2018 is a realistic showing of who he is?

Law’s response is below:

He’s still 23 so age isn’t a concern, but the way he swings leaves him vulnerable to a couple of pitching plans and he has to show he can shorten up and adjust if he wants to be more than he’s already been.

Now, ‘more than he’s already been’ is a little subjective when you look at Bellinger’s body of work. However, if he takes that leap that Law speaks toward, you’re talking about a full-fledged mainstream superstar player. Equally important – Bellinger has posted consecutive 4.2 bWAR seasons to begin his career.

Notably, look at Bellinger’s rookie season. If he can have a year that trumps that one statistically – the Dodgers could have an MVP candidate on their hands.

Anyone who follows the Dodgers on a daily basis realizes that if Bellinger can tweak his approach and become more consistent, great results will follow. The same could be said about any player. However, when you combine consistency with the ceiling that Bellinger has; therein lies the excitement of watching him mature as a young player.

We don’t know exactly who Bellinger is yet – and that makes the anticipation of 2019 grow. Law’s opinion should come as a respected one, so file this away for what we need to see from Cody Bellinger when the regular season begins.

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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. Clint, good page here. IMHO Bellinger should be the EVERYDAY 1st baseman and not have to move from 1st to OF on a daily basis. AND he need NOT be platooned cause I consider excessive platoon to be a SIN.

  2. To Clint and all Dodger fans – I have a framed, under glass, authentic sports memorabilia picture of Duke Snider, signed by him, with his career statistics next to the picture. Willing to sell for a reasonable price. Make me an offer at Dodgers Nation and we should be able to work out the details.

    Not for sale anywhere else.

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