Friday, February 12, 2010

Minor League Members of the O's 40 Man Roster- Josh Bell

Josh came to the Orioles organization this past season in exchange for George Sherrill in a trade with the Dodgers, who originally selected him in the fourth round of the 2005 draft. I am more optimistic about his future and potential than any of the other Minor Leaguers on the 40 man.

He's a legit power-hitting third base prospect who could be in Baltimore by Opening Day 2011 if not sooner. I had the pleasure to see him play for the Baysox a few times at the end of the season and I can say that his power is RIDICULOUS. The ball flies off of his bat and he sent a few balls into the Bowie night that have yet to come down. In the 33 games he played for AA Bowie at the end of the '09 season, he hit 9 homers, amassed 24 RBI, had a slugging % of .570 and an OPS (on-base % + slugging %) of .917. Let's just say that those numbers are pretty solid. Recently, he was ranked by Baseball America as the O's #2 prospect and was named the #5 prospect in the Arizona Fall League following last season's action.

Josh will probably start the 2010 season at AAA Norfolk since there are still some concerns about his switch-hitting (almost all of his power comes when he bats lefty) but he should make it to Baltimore soon!

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