In six games this week, Josh Bell batted .522 (12-for-23) with two home runs, 12 RBI, and a 1.413 OPS. He led the Aces to a 5-1 (.833) record over that period.
Bell began the season with Triple-A Norfolk in the Baltimore Orioles chain, batting .094 (3-for-32) with one home run and three RBI in nine games. Since being traded to the D-backs organization and joining the Aces on April 23, he has recorded six more RBI than any other minor league batter. Over that stretch, Bell ranks fourth among minor leaguers in hits (32), sixth in batting average (.421), and seventh in total bases (51). Despite spending the first two-plus weeks in the International League, he enters tonight's doubleheader in Nashville tied for fourth in the PCL with 29 RBI.
Bell becomes the second Aces player to earn PCL Player of the Week honors this season, after fellow infielder Ryan Wheeler was given the award on April 30. This honor marks the ninth PCL Player of the Week award in Aces franchise history. The club also has had two PCL Pitcher of the Week honors in its history.
Additionally, Mobile BayBears third baseman Matt Davidson has been named the Southern League Hitter of the Week for the week ending on May 13.
Davidson lead the BayBears in six wins over the last seven days. The 21-year-old prospect batted .333 (7-for-21), drilling four extra base hits, which were highlighted by three home runs. Adding to the offense, Davidson drove in seven runs and drew three walks.
Davidson was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft as the 35th overall pick. He has contributed to the BayBears' 24-14 start, which is the best overall record in the Southern League. Through the first 38 games of 2012, Davidson has a .318 batting average with eight home runs and 24 RBI.
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