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Friday, June 7, 2013
Dodgers pick has major-league blood lines

By Mark Saxon

LOS ANGELES -- The draft tends to be an anxious day for players, who have to sweat out the picks until their name is called, but Cody Bellinger couldn't have been in a better position to feel secure.

He kind of knew the drill, because his father, Clay Bellinger, had been drafted 24 years earlier by the San Francisco Giants (he played in the majors with the New York Yankees and Angels). He also works out with the son of Dodgers scouting director Logan White in Arizona. He was at Dodger Stadium for a workout less than a week ago.

It was pretty clear he was going to be a Dodger and, indeed, the Dodgers selected the Chandler, Ariz., high school first baseman with their No. 124 overall pick Friday. Bellinger has a scholarship offer from Oregon, but it's pretty clear he's going to sign and begin his minor-league career soon.

"I'm definitely ready for the next phase," Bellinger said.

If he does reach the major leagues, the hoopla won't be new to him. His father, a utility player, played on three World Series teams. And Cody Bellinger played in the 2007 Little League World Series. He remembers sitting on the set of Baseball Tonight and doing a live TV interview with John Kruk and Orel Hershiser. He was 11 years old.

"I was really nervous. I didn't know one of the questions and it was silent for like 10 seconds," Bellinger said.