In a move that has surprised absolutely nobody, Dodger’s first baseman Cody Bellinger has been named the National League Rookie of the year. This is the second consecutive rookie of the year award for the Dodgers with Corey Seager winning last year. Bellinger broke the NL rookie home run record with 29 long balls.
The 22-year old rookie slashed .267/.352/.581 and drove in 97 runs in 548 plate appearances. Bellinger notched 69 extra-base hits in 132 games played. Bellinger also posted a 1.064 OPS with runners in scoring position and was voted to his first all-star selection. While he batted only .143 in the World Series, he did hit .318 (7 for 22) with 3 extra-base hits during the NLCS. Overall Bellinger batted .219 with 3 home runs and 9 runs driven in while collecting 67 postseason plate appearances. Bellinger also split time between first base and the outfield while in the field.
UNANIMOUS!@Cody_Bellinger is the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year!
Congrats, Cody! pic.twitter.com/VRbmClxbOj
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 13, 2017
What a crazy day! Thank you to everyone who made 2017 a special year https://t.co/vuhAijigDD
— Cody Bellinger (@Cody_Bellinger) November 14, 2017
Not only did Bellinger break rookie home run records, he also hit for the cycle back in June against Miami. He became just the third Dodger to ever hit for the cycle in Los Angeles history. Bellinger was a unanimous choice receiving all 30 first-place votes and 150 overall. Paul DeJong of the Cardinals finished second with 56 votes. Josh Bell of the Pirates finished third place (32 votes) and Rhys Hoskins of the Phillies finished fourth with 12 votes. Congratulations Cody! What a season this young man had.
NL Rookie of the year voting results
Player, Club 1st 2nd 3rd Points
Cody Bellinger, Dodgers 30 150
Paul DeJong, Cardinals 15 11 56
Josh Bell, Pirates 10 2 32
Rhys Hoskins, Phillies 1 9 12
German Márquez, Rockies 2 4 10
Manuel Margot, Padres 1 2 5
Kyle Freeland, Rockies 1 3
Luis Castillo, Reds 1 1
Ian Happ, Cubs 1 1