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Josh Bell - Jesuit Prep/High school
Josh Bell check out the DMN High School sports section. His picture is the 1st you see when you search Jesuit (It's free). I would have hoped we'd have received high picks for losing Lee. Doubt He'll be there at 33. Still thing they ought to let teams trade picks like the old days. School: JesuitYear: SeniorHeight: 6' 4"Weight: 200 lbsSport position: Baseball: OF
Player Season Stats (Baseball)Hitting StatsAB H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB62 37 5 0 10 36 .597 14
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Posted Oct. 23, 2010 8:15 pm by Conor GlasseyFiled under: Perfect Game, Showcases
JUPITER, Fla. — Outfielder Josh Bell was beaming this morning because his favorite team, the Rangers, are headed to their first World Series. He's also just happy to be back out on the field, showing off what he can do.
"It's a lot of fun," Bell said. "When you come out here, everyone's trying to play to the best of their potential, and when you have everyone trying to play their best, it makes a good atmosphere for baseball and it's a lot of fun to play in that."
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Bell is a switch-hitting center fielder from Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. He stands out physically, even at an event with more than 1,500 players. He shows power from both sides of the plate and went 3-for-3 today with a single, a double and a home run.
"I knew it was gone, but it was a good pitch," Bell said of the home run. "It was inside, so I just got my hands in and sent it, you know?"
Performing well in Jupiter is a little bit more of a bonus for Bell, because he missed two months this summer after bruising and cracking his left kneecap sliding into a base. He's back to 100 percent now.
"I took most of the summer off and just worked on my swing a lot and watched a lot of baseball," Bell said. "It was kind of tough, but I came back stronger."
Some high school switch-hitters are relatively new to the craft, but Bell said he has been playing baseball since he was four years old and started switch-hitting when he was five. He stopped playing basketball two years ago to focus on baseball full-time, because it's his favorite.
Bell, who is committed to Texas, is hoping his success here in Jupiter will carry over into his final high school season.
"Last year, I think I had 11 home runs, and this year I think I can do a lot better than that," Bell said. "Last year I didn't get pitched to a lot, but I think that's going to change this year because our lineup is kind of stacked with Kevin Terry, who is committed to Nebraska, he's also on the team, so he's going to do a lot of damage, too. They're going to have to pitch to one of us, so hopefully I get more pitches to hit this season."
My school played this kid and he's a freaking giant, great speed and we ended up walking him 3 times but the 1 hit he had he just smoked to right field. It's highly unlikely he'll still be around by 33 though, nice wishful thinking!
This mock has Bell going #21 to TOR and Texas getting Michael Kelly from a FLA prep school: http://www.mymlbdraft.com/MLB-Mock-Draft-2011
This one ALSO has him going to TOR at #21, while Texas gets Tyler Anderson from Oregon (though the methodology is REALLY flawed if they think Texas would spend the #33 pick on a reliever because that is what the Rangers need most. I don't think Daniels would pass on a star bat for a reliever.) This one has Bubba Starling falling to the #7 pick, but that is whacked. There is NO way that he falls past KC at #5. He has hinted that KC is the only team he might sign with since it is his hometown team (or at least the team he has always loved): http://www.mockdraftmania.com/20110323-2011-mlb-mock-draft-update-for-march-madness-week-1-round/
This one has Bell going #20 to Colorado and Texas again taking Anderson at #33: http://www.draftsite.com/mlb/mock-draft/2011/round1 I trust it more than the last one as they have Starling going #5 to KC.
I don't think Bell will fall to Texas, but you never know what money he'll be demanding because of his UT commitment. I would love for us to draft Michael Kelly. 92-94 FB to go with good command of 3 other pitches coming from a 6'4" 200 frame. His commitment to Florida could have him fall too
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