2011 Scouting Reports - Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell | of | Jesuit Coll. Prep., Dallas, Texas
Ht/Wt: 6-4/215 | B/T: S/R | Year: Senior | Age at Draft: 18y10m

Filed By: Nick J. Faleris
Filed On: May 26, 2011

 
Bell in 140 characters or less:
Physical specimen w/chance for ++ power, above-average hit; other tools in development; defense/arm could be solid in RF; strong UT commit.
 
Scouted:
  • 2011 Jesuit Coll. Prep. Scouting Video (Various), Spring 2011 (film)
  • 2010 WWBA World Championship (Jupiter, Fla.), October 21-24, 2010 (in attendance)
  • 2009 PG Junior National Showcase (Minneapolis, Minn.), June 14-15, 2009 (film)

Physical Description:
Highly projectable with genetics to grow into ++ strength. Already strong, athletic build with broad shoulders, waist. Actions uneven in field and running on bases, but will smooth out as he grows into frame and works with pro instruction.

Defense:
Bell is a capable defender in the outfield that will be limited to a corner as a pro. His arm strength is average at this point, but with room to improve as he gets stronger and improves his arm action some. His first step is often times not the correct first step, but he tracks well enough and sets-up well, which also helps the accuracy on his throws. His bat will play in either corner, but obviously there is slightly more value if his arm allows him to hold down right field. He gets some knocks in the national media for unclean play, but Bell is still growing into a massive frame and will undoubtedly refine as he continues to mature. 

Bat:
The first thing to jump out at evaluators with Bell is his massive frame, athletic build and drool-inducing physical projection. The second is easily the bat. Bell has plus raw power right now that could grow into plus-plus or fringe-"80" by the time he is done growing. He has very fast wrists and quick twitch in his core, which allows him to accelerate the barrel to the ball at a good rate, even with a little extra length in his barrel load. He has no difficulty driving the ball the opposite way from both sides of the plate, and already shows an ability to let the ball travel before uncorking. His barrel awareness is good enough right now to project some hit-for-average potential -- a feet made easier by his keen eye at the plate. Ultimately, his ability to identify and adjust to more advanced secondary stuff will determine where the hit tool rests, but there is no question he'll have the strength to launch balls out of any park.

Discussion:
As this report was filed, Conor Glassey of Baseball America sent a note over his Twitter feed that Bell had submitted a letter to the MLB Scouting Bureau indicating he did not wish to be drafted because he was set on attending the University of Texas in the fall (subsequent BA Draft Blog entry detailing the situation, here). Whether or not this is posturing at the direction of adviser Scott Boras (it would be a pretty smart way to ensure a drop to Texas in the Supplemental-1st Round), or simply a straight forward declaration by the Bell family that Josh is college bound, is a question that scouting directors and Dallas Area Scouts will be digging into over the next week. If there is a hint that Bell is signable, he'll be selected within the first 90 picks, and potentially in the sandwich round by a team with some comp slots. If all indications point to Bell having no interest in signing, he'll likely drop to the teens where he will still be nabbed by someone and offered a $2+ million deal. Bell could be the draft's biggest impact bat when all is said and done, and anyone who has seen him with his father knows what kind of end product you could be looking at when he is done filling-in his frame. After missing some events on the scouting circuit last summer, Bell set Jupiter ablaze in October and put himself squarely into 1st Round consideration. If he fails to sign this summer, he is an early candidate to go in the top five, and perhaps first overall, when he is again eligible in 2013 as a junior. 

Projected position: Above-average corner outfielder on 1st division team
Suggested draft slot: Early- to mid-1st Round

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Josh Bell (photo by Nick J. Faleris)

CAREER:
Bio/profile unavailable

STATISTICS:
 
GRADING OUT:
   Current  
  Future  
Hit: 
3055
Power:
35/40
65/70
Arm:45/5050
Defense:35/4050/55
Speed:4040
Feel:40/45
55/60

Overall Future Potential: 54/58

 
PROJECTED POSITION
Above-average corner outfielder
 
SUGGESTED SLOT
Early- to mid-1st Round
 
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