Josh Bell Washington Nationals

Age: 29 (August 14, 1992) | 6' 4" | 255lbs. | Bats: Both 1B-119 OF-10 DH-5 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 144 498 75 130 65 101 24 1 27 88 0 0 .261 .347 .476 11 18 .276 54/20/27 21 20
WAS NL 2022 43 156 23 46 19 21 7 0 4 23 0 1 .295 .380 .417 11 12 .318 50/21/29 6 6
Career 7yrs 739 2554 381 672 344 539 136 14 117 420 4 12 .263 .350 .465 12 18 .288 n/a
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Toronto bound?

Jim Bowden thinks he should be.

... Let’s get to my five trade proposals. As always, I look forward to your measured feedback in the comments section.

1. Blue Jays acquire 1B/DH Josh Bell from Nationals for SS/2B Leo Jimenez and RHP Trent Palmer

The Blue Jays need another bat to lengthen their lineup, ideally a left-handed hitter to better balance it. Bell, 29, will be a free agent after this season and it’s only a matter of time before the Nationals trade him for prospects. A switch hitter, Bell is off to a strong start, slashing .349/.444/.528 with four home runs and 21 RBIs. He has a 191 OPS+ and a 1.3 WAR, according to Baseball-Reference. Bottom line: His trade value will never be higher. The Blue Jays could make Bell their everyday designated hitter and use him at first base to give Vladimir Guerrero Jr. an occasional day off. I also think Bell, who is known as a great teammate, would fit in well in Toronto’s clubhouse.

In return, the Nationals would receive two solid prospects in Jimenez and Palmer. Jimenez, 20, can play second base and shortstop. He has an on-base percentage of .422 over four minor-league seasons and this year is batting .246/.412/.385 in 85 plate appearances at High-A Vancouver. Palmer, 23, has a four-pitch mix but needs to significantly improve his command and control to realize his potential as a middle-of-the-rotation arm. However, he does miss bats and his changeup is well above average. A third-round pick in the 2020 MLB Draft out of Jacksonville University, Palmer has a 4.05 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 20 innings this season in High A.

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Alex Patton Alex
May 13

Here's an example, by the way, of what I was just talking about under Bader. I haven't changed Josh Bell's HardHit% (yet). When I do, his 2021 HardHit% will be 52.

A 14 percent difference is nothing to sneeze at. Very simply, Bell hit many more balls with an exit velocity of at least 95 mph last year than he did the year before. The other Statcast stats more or less say the same thing. The end-year metrics are all the more impressive considering his slow start.

When it comes time to post our bids here, I'll be quite bullish on Bell.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 7

Sneak preview of the Guide:

DAVITT PICK: BB-K% isn’t a thing for hitters
like K-BB% is for pitchers, but why not? Bell
had a horrific start in 2021 but closed strong,
ending up with top-25 BB-K% and 27 HR,
despite a GB% stubbornly staying over 50%.
Don’t bet on another 2019, but consider it a
possibility. 

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 7
2020: EV 91.7 HardHit 43% Barrel 9% HR/FB 22% LA 5.9 Pull 39% Cent 37% Oppo 24%
2021: EV 92.5 HardHit 52% Barrel 9% HR/FB 26% LA 4.9 Pull 39% Cent 36% Oppo 25%
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '21