Name- JOSHUA L. BELL
Position- Third Base
Residence- Lantana, Fla.
DOB- Nov. 13, 1986
How Obtained- Drafted in fourth round 2005
06 Club- Ogden
Bell stirred some controversy among members of the Dodger front office late
last spring. It had been decided that he needed another year in the Gulf Coast
League and when scouting director Logan White heard that, he stepped in,
pointing out that Bell had hit .318 in that circuit the previous summer, had
been scalding the ball all through the extended camp and needed more of a
challenge. So, the decision was reversed and he was sent to Ogden in the more
demanding Pioneer League instead.
There he proved to be one of the finer hitting prospects in that circuit. He
ripped the ball with some monster games, winding up with a .308 average, 12
homers in 64 games, a .544 slugging percentage and the designation as the
All-Star third baseman.
He's a switch hitter with a quick, slashing stroke from both sides although
he may generate more power from the left and more consistency from the right. He
tends to let it get long as he gets homer conscious and is prone to striking
out then but he's quite strong. He can be fooled by smart pitchers because he
can be impatient, a habit he should break with experience.
He was a shortstop in high school and has good reactions at third. His arm is
strong and his errors come when he attempts to muscle up and make the big throw.
He slipped in the draft as a senior when he ate his way out of shape. He's trim
enough now but will always have to be careful of his diet.
Last season he indicated he could be one of the quick rising stars in the
system. He'll probably start this year at low A Great Lakes.
Dodger Prospect #13 Josh Bell
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