2023 Player Outlook
From 2017-2019, Bellinger was a fantasy goldmine, highlighted by an NL MVP trophy following his monstrous 2019 season. Well, the wheels have fallen off since then, as he has hit .203/.272/.376 with 41 home runs over his last 295 games played. He’s a heavy pull hitter who loves to loft the ball, and Wrigley Field can be advantageous for left-handed power hitters. Compared to his best years as a big leaguer thus far, Bellinger has started swinging more overall, leaving the zone more frequently and velocity has given him fits in recent years. Pitchers have found that they can attack Bellinger up in the zone with velocity, and he’s yet to provide an answer for it. Last year, he did nothing impactful on pitches in the upper third of the zone, and I mean nothing! The Cubs and fantasy managers alike are banking on a rebound from Bellinger in 2023, and at his current draft price, he might just be worth that mid-round risk.