3B Josh Bell-- Prospect #42

Thirteenth in a series on the top Dodger prospects as we count down to the very best.

Position- Third Base
Residence- Lantana, Fla.
DOB- Nov. 13, 1986
Ht.- 6-3
B/T- S/R
05 Club- Gulf Coast Dodgers (Rookie)

Bell was taken in the third round of the 2005 draft primarily with the hope that he could develop into a power hitting third baseman.

In his baptismal season, he delivered more for average that power, hitting .318 with seven doubles, one triple and one homer but he spent a good deal of the time hitting shots to the far reaches of the spacious practice fields on which the Gulf Coast games are played only to see them die in outfielders' gloves.

That's because he was just getting under the ball a bit too much. With more experience and body development, those shots should carry over the fences with satisfying regularity. He gets the bat through the zone quickly and shows promise from both sides of the plate with a bit more pop from the right side.

Although he's listed officially at 205 pounds , he did let his weight get up too much in his senior year of high school so will have to trim off some pounds and tighten up some others. He played shortstop then but was converted after signing.

He certainly has the arm for third along with enough quickness in his hands and feet although he has a lot of smoothing out to do in the field.
That, too, should arrive with experience. There's no particular need to rush him so he'll probably play at Ogden in 2006.

Previous selections:
#44 -- RHP Jordan Pratt
#45 -- OF Sergio Pedroza
#46 -- 1b-1B Eduardo Perez
#47 --- RHP James McDonald
#48 -- OF Brian Myrow
#49 -- LHP Danny Muegge
#50 -- RHP Miguel Ramirez
#51 -- OF Ryan Carter
#52 -- RHP Casey Hoorelbeke
#53 -- OF Trayvon Robinson
#54 -- RHP Ramon Troncoso