Behind the Breakout: Cody Bellinger
Greg Jewett dissects potential breakout candidates during the 2019 MLB campaign.
Fear of missing out can be felt by many fantasy owners once draft season ends. After all the analysis, some players stand out with a chance to provide tremendous return on investment. Cody Bellinger burst onto the scene in 2017 blasting 39 home runs in 132 games. But, his strikeout percentage over 26-percent and contact rate below 70-percent suggested a sophomore slump could be in the offing for Bellinger.
He still produced 25 home runs with 14 stolen bases and a .260/.343/.470 slash line, yet, it felt like a disappointment given where Bellinger went in drafts. However, Bellinger potentially sowed the seeds of his hot start this year after the All-Star break. Bellinger traded power for contact hitting .285/.369/.453 over his last 65 games with eight home runs in 214 at-bats. Despite improving his hard hit rate, Bellinger’s home runs ebbed. He did increase his contact percentage to 74.1-percent and reduce his swinging strike percentage to just over 12-percent.