Cody Bellinger Dodger home run king at age 23

Cody Bellinger passed Adrian Beltre last night to be the first Dodger aged 23 or younger to hit at least 77 home runs. It must be noted that Beltre hit his 76 home runs in roughly twice as many plate appearances as Cody.  At age 23, Beltre had been an inconsistent performer for the Dodgers but in two years at the age of 25, Beltre would break out with an MVP type season that included  48 home runs.

Bellinger would need to hit seventy home runs between now and the end of the 2021 season to beat out Beltre who ended his Dodger career with 147 home runs. Given he has 5/6 of 2019 to go, all of 2019, and all of 2020, I’d bet heavily that Bellinger does end his age 25 seasons with at least 147 home runs.  He might have a shot at between 180 and 200 career home runs by age 25.  And unlike Beltre, he won’t be a free agent after his age 25 season.

Player           HR From   To   Age   PA
Cody Bellinger   77 2017 2019 21-23 1296
Adrian Beltre    76 1998 2002 19-23 2553
Duke Snider      59 1947 1950 20-23 1560
Tommy Davis      53 1959 1962 20-23 1594
Corey Seager     52 2015 2017 21-23 1413

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/27/2019.

 

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