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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REORT: CODY BELLINGER 1B/OF LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Will he stay or will he go?  That is the million dollar question surrounding top Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Cody Bellinge.  Having been summoned a week ago, Bellinger has done nothing but reaffirm his status as one of the best prospects in the game by going into Wednesday's action with a .345 average to go with 2 home runs in 32 at-bats.  This after Bellinger lit up Triple-A pitching to the tune of a .343 average with 5 home runs and 7 steals in just 77 at-bats.  It is not an overstatement to say that Bellinger has more than done enough to stick around but this is becoming quite a complicated situation given the upcoming roster crunch.  One one hand, the Dodgers will activate outfielder Joc Pederson on Friday to close off one outfield spot.  Then manager Dave Roberts announced that first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will return Wednesday to man that position as he is recovered from a forearm strain.  So on the surface, it looks like the Dodgers will have to send Bellinger back to the minors as there is no place for him to play.  While this seems like the way it will go, Roberts said as well on Wednesday that Bellinger is doing everything he can to stay and like the New York Mets are doing with Michael Conforto, the Dodgers may in fact decide to keep him around given the probability more injuries elsewhere will open up more work.  All of Bellinger's so far happy fantasy baseball owners are sitting on the edges of their seat wondering what will happen and honestly it could either way.  If Bellinger pops another home run in the next day or two, the whole matter might settle itself.  


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