PHOENIX -- The Dodgers' youth put on a power show late in Sunday's 10-8 win over the Brewers, highlighted by top prospect Cody Bellinger's eighth-inning go-ahead home run that one-hopped its way out of Maryvale Baseball Park."I had no idea it went out of the stadium until they told me after
PHOENIX -- The Dodgers' youth put on a power show late in Sunday's 10-8 win over the Brewers, highlighted by top prospect Cody Bellinger's eighth-inning go-ahead home run that one-hopped its way out of Maryvale Baseball Park.
"I had no idea it went out of the stadium until they told me after the game," Bellinger said. "Can't wait to watch the video of it."
Bellinger is the No. 12 prospect in all of baseball and the top first baseman, according to MLBPipeline.com.
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"Haven't seen one hit that well here," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "Haven't seen many guys in the big leagues that can hit a ball like that. ... He swings hard, and he can barrel some baseballs."
Bellinger, 21, will likely begin the regular season with Triple-A Oklahoma City. But with Adrian Gonzalez nursing right elbow tendinitis, Bellinger is getting some early Cactus League action at first base. Roberts reiterated that Bellinger also will see time at all three outfield positions, all of which he has played in the Minor Leagues. He is the son of former Major Leaguer Clay Bellinger.
"My main goal this spring is to show the front office and staff that they can trust me when they do make the call," Bellinger said. "Offensively, defensively, on and off the field, that's what I'm trying to do here. I've played the outfield my whole life. It's like riding a bike. I feel comfortable out there, and I'll play there if they need me to."
Three batters after Bellinger's homer, Alex Verdugo went yard onto the berm in right field, while Rob Segedin's seventh-inning shot cleared the 30-foot high batter's eye in center field, 400 feet from home plate. Both Belllinger and Verdugo's home runs came off 6-foot-8 left-hander Andrew Barbosa. Verdugo, 20, is the No. 61 overall prospect.
"I'm fighting for a spot, regardless how many outfielders we have on the 40-man [roster]," said Verdugo. "Everybody knows how many, but you've got to play as hard as you can, and you got to show them you belong and you can be that guy they can trust. I take a lot of pride in that. Just because I'm 20 and we have 10 outfielders, I believe I can succeed."
By contrast to Bellinger and Verdugo, Segedin is 28. He was a non-roster invitee last year and earned his way to the Major Leagues. He is also fighting the numbers to make the Opening Day roster.
"Last year I was the darkest of dark horses to make it on the roster, but I just play my game and don't worry about that stuff," he said. "When Spring Training is over, the decision will be made. Performance on the field is the only thing you can control."
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.