Our 10 Prospects in 10 Days carries on with Josh Bell.
Weight: 195 lbs.
Determined to go to college, Bell was passed up in the first round of the 2011 draft. Still available on Day 2, the Pirates took a gamble by selecting the young outfielder with the first pick of the second round (61st overall). They persuaded him to go pro with a $5 million signing bonus. Bell’s $5 mil, plus Gerrit Cole’s $8 million bonus is a big reason for Major League Baseball’s new draft spending rules.
Here’s a scouting report from MLB:
[quote_box author=”” profession=””]Bell is a switch-hitter with a natural ability to hit from both sides of the plate. He should hit for average and above-average power when all is said and done, the kind of bat that will fit nicely into the middle of the lineup. Bell was settling into right field as a pro before the injury, and he has the tools to be an above-average defender with a strong arm, not to mention the offensive tools, to profile well there.[/quote_box]
Bell had a very abbreviated season in 2012 after tearing his meniscus; here are his stats:
Bell sent letters to MLB teams to notify them of his strong commitment to the University of Texas, where his mother is a professor. This scared every team enough not to take him, and the Pirates got first round talent in round two. Bucs fans should be thankful for that scenario, as Bell has some tremendous potential.
The combination of average and power from both sides of the plate, as well as solid defense and a strong arm makes Bell a very intriguing prospect. He’s definitely one to keep an eye on in 2013, especially since he’s coming off an injury.