Is Matt Chapman or Cody Bellinger a better fit for the SF Giants?
Bellinger is coming off a solid year with the Chicago Cubs. After struggling at the end of his tenure with the Dodgers, he showed signs that he could be back to his old ways.
He can play any of the outfield positions and first base, but the Giants have Jung Hoo Lee penciled in as the everyday center fielder, meaning that Bellinger would likely be a corner outfield option. That would give the Giants a solid defensive alignment in the outfield for a team that has struggled badly with outfield defense in recent seasons.
There are concerns about Bellinger's ability to stay healthy though, and if you dig into his numbers on exit velocity and other metrics last year there are concerns that he may not be able to replicate last year’s success. On the flip side, he had the lowest strikeout rate (15.7 percent) of his career, so he benefited just by putting the ball in play more often.
Bellinger would be a risky bet for the Giants or any team. And with the Giants already having a plethora of outfielders on their roster, adding Bellinger to the bunch would likely force them to make a trade.
However, the upside for Bellinger is that last year was a resurgence that he can continue into his mid-30’s. And he provides a potential for power that the Giants have been dearly missing.