Josh Bell Washington Nationals

Age: 29 (August 14, 1992) | 6' 4" | 235lbs. | Bats: Both 1B-35 DH-21 PH-12
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
PIT NL 2017 159 549 75 140 66 117 26 6 26 90 2 4 .255 .334 .466 11 19 .278 51/18/31 18 17
PIT NL 2018 148 501 74 131 77 104 31 4 12 62 2 5 .261 .357 .411 13 18 .305 49/19/33 13 15
PIT NL 2019 143 527 94 146 74 118 37 3 37 116 0 1 .277 .367 .569 12 19 .288 44/19/37 26 25
PIT NL 2020 57 195 22 44 22 59 3 0 8 22 0 0 .226 .305 .364 10 26 .273 56/19/26 9 10
WAS NL 2021 131 452 68 117 55 91 21 1 27 84 0 0 .259 .339 .489 11 18 .268 54/19/27 16 16
Career 6yrs 683 2352 351 613 315 508 126 14 113 393 4 11 .261 .347 .470 12 19 .285 n/a
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His log swing has started to find the baseball. Slashing .271/.311/600 in the last three weeks.

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Yesterday's Top Performers

Batters:

Joey Gallo* (NYY): 3-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Trevor Story* (COL): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Josh Bell* (WSN): 3-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Victor Reyes (DET): 2-4, 3 RBI, 1 R

Bo Bichette (TOR): 2-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Jarred Kelenic (SEA): 2-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

Austin Riley (ATL): 2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Juan Soto (WSN): 2-3, 3 R

Kris Bryant (SFG): 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 R

Robbie Grossman (DET): 1-1, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

View All of Yesterday's Batters at Baseball-Reference.com

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 6

His sixth homer and two singles today against the Mets, raising his batting average to .419, his OPS to 1.433. People who have their eye on Josh Bell wish he would cool down.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 27

$22 in Tout.

Once again I don't come close ($21 in CBS, $19 in LABR).

He's having a nice spring but Peter warns us in the Rotoman Special that he could be feasting on fastballs.

Still, a wide array of experts seem to be willing to write his 60-game season off. They also aren't too concerned by what Peter call's Josh Bell's "pedestrian second half" in 2019.

My bid is too low. The new one will be closer to what the experts have been paying.

But I'm still going to take a pass.

$18.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 23

Nats rally for two in the top of the ninth in The Ballpark of Palm Beaches to nip the Astros 10-9. Josh was out of the game by then but he contributed a single and homer, driving in three, to keep them close. He's now batting .367 and OPSing 1.344.

My bid's too low.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 20

Definitely worth considering.

It's curious that he's better than average in barrel % and far better than average in exit velocity -- far below average in expected BA and expected slugging. 

Not sure if the groundball preponderance figures in.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 15

As a switch hitter ... Josh Bell is a good left handed hitter (.845 OPS vs righties, .725 vs lefties).

Worth considering as Zimmerman (.917 career OPS vs lefties) is swinging a pretty nice bat in ST.

Might have to dock Bell's counting stat projections a bit ...

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Mar 15
Percentiles: Barrel 55 EV 87 xBA 25 xSLG 29 SO 29 BB 61 speed 33
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 15

Sounds like 2 people in the CBS auction wanted him a lot ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Feb 24

Fetched 21 in the CBS auction last night.  Someone in your room will want him a lot.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Feb 24

It's just a shame the Guide wasn't published this year. If it was, you know Josh Bell would claim a lot of space:

JD BOLICK PICK: Something was wrong with Josh Bell in 2020. Following what appeared to be a breakout season the previous year, Bell posted the worst numbers of his five year career thanks to a precipitous decline in contact rates. The good news is that when Bell did make contact, he remained among the league leaders in hard hit rate and among the lowest in soft hit rate. With some slight swing adjustments to elevate his launch angle, Bell should reward the Nationals handsomely with statistics much more similar to those from 2019.

PHIL HERTZ PAN: Aside from the first half of 2019, he’s been just okay, at best.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 23