Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger named NL Rookie of the Year

Bellinger did not make the opening day roster due to a lackluster spring training and was called up when the Dodgers received an abundance of injuries in the first month of the season. Bellinger started 83 games at first base and 42 games in the outfield, including 39 in left field and three in center and right.

He was 21 and in triple-A.

Bellinger was a surprise breakout performer for the Dodgers this year after taking over for the injured Adrian Gonzalez at first base. Last season, Corey Seager received the award.

Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers reacts after hitting an RBI double against the Astros in Game 4 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 28, 2017, in Houston.

Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates after hitting a solo home run against Brad Peacock #41 of the Houston Astros during the eighth inning in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 20, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

In the NL voting, Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong was second while the Pirates' Josh Bell finished third. However, he would mash just the same. a.267/.352/.581 (.933 OPS) was just part of the story.

Topping his rookie numbers will require a serious step forward, but if 2017 was any indication, Bellinger appears to be on a lofty trajectory that could eventually land him in the MVP conversation as the Dodgers continue their quest to try to represent the class of the National League. But they were 9-11 when they promoted Bellinger on April 25 - as an outfielder, following injuries to Andre Ethier and Joc Pederson. "We're a winning team, and he's been our X factor".

Bellinger was miles ahead of every other rookie in the NL.

He hit.284 with 52 homers and 114 RBIs in 155 games this season, and even a mid-season slump after the All-Star Game didn't derail his chances to take home this prize.

The Dodgers, of course, could not finish the job in the World Series.

Vanessa Coleman

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