Dodgers prospect Cody Bellinger went 4-for-12 with a double and two walks this week in the Arizona Fall League, highlighting the third week of play in the desert.
Bellinger, the Dodgers’ top position playing prospect, was a guest on MLB.com’s The Show Before The Show podcast, with Tyler Maun, talking about his experience in the AFL.
“Baseball is a game of adjustments. What I did in Rancho I worked into what I did at Tulsa. I switched up my hands a bit, to keep creating a consistent path,” Bellinger said. “Naturally as I get older, the weight is coming on, and the balls are carrying a little bit further than they used to.”
Bellinger said it was important for him to use the Arizona Fall League to make up for the month he lost in April when he was out with a hip impingement.
“I just wanted to keep working on my plate discipline. I kind of worked on that this year by lowering my strikeouts while maintaining my power. That was kind of a big thing for me,” he said. “I just want to keep working on my eye at the plate, knowing what I can and what I can’t hit, and just doing damage with it.”
Here is more video of Bellinger, thanks to Bobby DeMuro of Today’s Knuckleball:
Infielder Tim Locastro was 3-for-8 in his three games, and scored a pair of runs.
Outfielder Alex Verdugo was 1-for-13 with a double and a walk in four games, and has played in 137 games so far in 2016.
"I'm tired," Verdugo told William Boor of MLB.com. "When you're able to come out and play with the best of the best, like this league is, it's fun. The level of competition gives you an adrenaline rush and it helps you through it."
Second baseman Willie Calhoun was 2-for-8 with a walk in his three games. Here is some batting practice video from Boor:
Joe Broussard retired all four batters he faced in two appearances, and record a save with a scoreless inning on Saturday at Salt River.
Corey Copping pitched a scoreless inning in his only game of the week, walking two and striking out one on Wednesday at Salt River.
Ralston Cash allowed a pair of solo home runs in one inning in his only game of the week, on Thursday against Mesa at Camelback Ranch.
Chris Anderson allowed three runs (two earned) in three innings on Thursday, the third time in three AFL starts he allowed at least as many runs as innings, and this week walked four and also hit a batter, with two strikeouts.
Monday: at Surprise, 11:35 a.m. PT
Tuesday: vs. Scottsdale, 11:35 a.m.
Wednesday: at Mesa, 11:35 a.m.
Thursday: vs. Scottsdale, 11:35 a.m.
Friday: at Peoria, 11:35 a.m.
Saturday: Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium, 5:08 p.m.