LOS ANGELES — Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger is an overwhelming favorite to win the National League Rookie of the Year award, and on Monday was named a finalist for the honor from the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Finalist is an odd descriptor since the votes have already been tabulated. This just means Bellinger is one of the top three finishers in the balloting, along with Pirates first baseman Josh Bell and Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong.
The Rookie of the Year award winners will be revealed on Monday, Nov. 13 in a special on MLB Network at 3 p.m. PT.
Bellinger began the season in Triple-A but was called up for good on Apr. 25. Despite the late start, he set the National League rookie record with 39 home runs, and led all NL rookies in rWAR (4.2), fWAR (4.0), runs scored (87), RBI (97), doubles (26, tied), slugging percentage (.581), OPS (.933), wOBA (.380) and wRC+ (138), the latter four stats among rookies with at least 300 plate appearances. Bellinger also ranked second in walks (64) and stolen bases (10).
In addition to his 83 starts at first base, Bellinger started 39 times in left field, and three times each in right field and center field.
The only Dodgers first basemen to win the Rookie of the Year award are Jackie Robinson (1947) and Eric Karros (1992). Robinson won the inaugural award, which was major league-wide for the first two seasons before splitting off into separate league awards. The Rookie of the Year award is now named for Robinson.
Bellinger on Oct. 23 was named the Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year, an award voted on by NL players.
If Bellinger wins the BBWAA award, he will be the second consecutive Dodger to be named Rookie of the Year, joining shortstop Corey Seager in 2016. The Dodgers have won 17 Rookie of the Year awards, nine more than any other team.