Dodgers bring up top prospect Cody Bellinger

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Bellinger will face a learning curve like most players getting their first taste of the majors, but if he can maintain his plate discipline he has a chance to provide a high on-base percentage and a few tape-measure home runs.

The Dodgers are looking for a temporary replacement for Joc Pederson, who is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

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"The guys in this clubhouse make it really easy to perform and succeed and be comfortable", Bellinger said.

Bellinger was batting.343 in 18 games with Oklahoma City, posting a 1.055 OPS. He may be able to replace Andrew Toles eventually in left field. Bellinger is the true meaning of a five-tool player, and he could offer that much-needed power boost that the Dodgers' lineup has been missing. If Bellinger can adjust quickly and tap into his big power, he might just seize the Dodgers left field job for good and remain in the majors even after everyone gets healthy.

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This year, Berlinger entered as the top-ranked first baseman by Baseball America and the No. 7 prospect overall, but didn't have a great spring training, as he slashed.207/.294/.345 with two homers and 10 RBI in 30 games. In short, if the Dodgers call up Bellinger now he will have one less year of team controlled, cheap contract (something the Dodgers may not have to worry about).

The move may have come a little sooner than the Dodgers would have liked. With the struggles of Trayce Thompson on his comeback from back surgery, Bellinger was the best option to fill the void with an injury-plagued outfield.

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In July 2015, MLB.com's Bernie Pleskoff noted Bellinger's strengths and said: "Bellinger has the type of quick bat that produces a crucial base hit at the right time in the game". Join the Dodgers Way team!

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