The Dodgers selected first baseman Cody Bellinger in the fourth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the first high school prospect drafted by the club this year.
The son of former Major Leaguer Clay Bellinger, Cody has already begun to make a name for himself. At Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz., Baseball America rated Bellinger the No. 90 prospect after he hit .429 with a .515 on-base percentage as a senior.
Bellinger played in the Little League World Series in 2007 and has developed into a sweet-swinging first-base prospect. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, Bellinger is a lanky left-handed hitter with an easy swing.
After he was drafted, Bellinger tweeted: "I just want to thank everyone who has helped me get here! I am proud to say I am OFFICIALLY A PART OF THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS ORGANIZATION!!!"
I just want to thank everyone who has helped me get here! I am proud to say I am OFFICIALLY APART OF THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS ORGANIZATION!!!- Cody Bellinger (@CodyBellinger8) June 7, 2013
Scouts expect Bellinger to develop good power as he physically matures. Some scouts compare him, especially his swing, to a young Adam LaRoche. Bellinger has good range and is an advanced defender. He also pitches, occasionally touching 90 mph with his fastball.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.