Bellinger, 22, was born in Scottsdale, Arizona and first made an appearance on the scene at the 2007 Little League World Series.
After a successful high school career in Chandler, he was selected by the Dodgers in the 2013 MLB Draft and signed a contract despite committing to play for the University of Oregon.
Bellinger started slow in the minors, but quickly worked his way up through the farm system. He finally got his time to shine in the majors when he was called up April 25 and impressed many with his hitting ability.
There’s long been speculation as to who Bellinger is dating. That question appeared to be answered when Melyssa Perez, a college student at the University of Texas, posted photos with Bellinger following a Dodgers game.
Here’s what you need to know about Perez:
1. Perez’s Social Media Says She’s Originally From Texas
Perez’s Facebook page says she’s originally from Friendswood, Texas, and she attended Friendswood High School.
Friendswood is located in the Houston metropolitan area and had a population of about 35,000 people back in 2010. The city was listed in CNN Money’s “100 of America’s Best Places to Live” list in 2007.
2. The 2 Have Been Spotted at Dodgers Games Together
According to TMZ Sports, Bellinger and Perez have been spotted at multiple Dodgers games through the season, and he’s even brought her onto the field and into the dugout after and before games.
The TMZ report said Bellinger and Perez “were even seen getting kissy and cuddly after the Dodgers beat the White Sox earlier this week.”
Perez seems to be a baseball fan and attended an Angels and Nationals game in the past.
There had been speculation that Bellinger was dating ex-Bachelor contestant Becca Tilly after an Instagram post together.
However, that rumor appears to have no merit.
3. Perez is a Pre-Law Student at Texas
Perez’s social media accounts says she’s a pre-law student at the University of Texas in Austin.
According to the US News and World Report, the law school at the university is ranked No. 14 in the U.S. and costs about $34,000 per year to attend — $50,500 for out-of-state students.
“We do it with the greatest classroom teachers in America, who train our students to think deeply about legal questions and solve sophisticated problems,” the school writes in the “About” section on its website. “And we do it with the finest and most extensive set of clinical programs anyplace, where our students help real clients with real problems under the supervision of world-class clinical instructors.”
Perez’s Facebook page says she currently works at Law Office of Don C. Burns, a place she’s been employed at since June 2016.
4. Perez’s Instagram Says She Lives in Laguna, California While Not at School
Perez’s Instagram account states that she lives in Laguna Niguel, California for some part of the year.
Laguna Niguel is a suburb in Orange County about an hour drive from Los Angeles. It’s located in the San Joaquin Hills in the southeast corner of Orange County close to the Pacific Ocean.
One of the city’s most popular beaches is Laguna Beach, an area that was featured in an MTV reality show called Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.
5. Perez Volunteers for an Organization That Provides Legal Services to Immigrants
Prior to entering a relationship with Bellinger, Perez appeared to be dating a man named “Colton,” posts to her Twitter and Facebook show.
Perez’s Facebook also says she’s a current volunteer for American Gateways, an organization that provides legal services to low-income immigrants throughout Central Texas.
The organization’s mission is: “To champion the dignity and human rights of refugees and immigrant survivors of persecution, torture, conflict, and human trafficking through exceptional immigration legal services at no or low cost, education, and advocacy.”
Before volunteering for the organization, Perez held an internship for Team Industrial Services, Inc., located in Alvin, Texas. The company describes itself as “the most reliable industrial services company in North America.”