L.A. Dodgers rookie sensation Cody Bellinger hit for the cycle in the Dodgers win last night over the Miami Marlins.
Bellinger became the 18th player in major league history to hit for the cycle prior to playing his 100th career MLB game.
The last player to hit for the cycle before his 100th career game in the bigs was Carlos Gomez on May 7, 2008 when he was playing for the Minnesota Twins.
The earliest in a career that any player hit for the cycle was in 1918 when Cliff Heathcote did it for the St. Louis Cardinals on June 13, 1918. It was his sixth career game in the majors.
TODAYSPORTSTAT-July 11, 2017
In honor of New York Yankees’ rookie Aaron Judge winning last night’s Home Run Derby, here’s a stat celebrating the MLB’s power-hitting rookies.
Judge and fellow rookie Cody Bellinger have over 20 home runs in their first seasons in the majors (Judge has 30; Bellinger has 25). Last season there were six rookies who had 20+ home runs in their first season in the big leagues (Tommy Joseph, Nomar Mazara, Gary Sanchez, Ryan Schimpf, Corey Seager and Trevor Story). That tied the record for most rookies with 20+ HRs in a season (it was also done in 1964, 1987 and 2006).
That record could be in jeopardy this season. In addition to Judge and Bellinger, there are eight other rookies who have 11 or more home runs at the All-Star break: Matt Davidson (18 with the White Sox), Hunter Renfroe (16 with the Padres), Josh Bell (16 with the Pirates), Trey Mancini (14 with the Orioles), Ian Happ (13 with the Cubs), Andrew Benintendi (12 with the Red Sox), Jorge Bonifacio (11 with the Royals) and Yuli Gurriel (11 with the Astros).
A pair of rookie outfielders already have over 50 RBI this season and could make a serious run at a 100-RBI season in 2017: The Yankees’ Aaron Judge (59) and the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (55).
Since 1901, there have been 43 rookies who reached 100 RBI in a season. The last player was the White Sox Jose Abreu who had 107 RBI in his rookie season in 2014. The other 100-RBI rookies this century are Ryan Zimmerman (2006), Hideki Matsui (2003) and Albert Pujols (2001).
The rookie record for most RBI in a season is held by Ted Williams with 145 in 1939. Walt Dropo is second on the list with 144 in 1950.