Josh Bell Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 250 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/14/1992 (29)
Josh Bell Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Josh Bell News
Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell went 1-for-4 in a 6-1 loss to the Houston Astros on Friday. Bell is off to an excellent start at the plate for the Nationals in 2022, hitting .342 with four homers, 22 runs, and 21 RBI over 117 at-bats. Bell has cooled off slightly of late, hitting .296 with one homer over his past seven games, but he still has been one of the better fantasy first basemen in the league thus far. Bell should remain locked into starting lineups going forward.
Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell (hamstring) is back in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Miami Marlins, starting at first base and hitting cleanup against Marlins right-hander Sandy Alcantara. Bell left the game early on Saturday with a right hamstring strain and didn't play on Sunday in the series finale against the San Francisco Giants, but he's back in there on Tuesday. The 29-year-old switch-hitter has been swinging it well early on, so fantasy managers should be looking to get him back into their lineups. Bell is 19-for-55 with two home runs, 12 RBI and 10 runs scored in his first 17 games of the season for Washington.
Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell (knee) was removed in the third inning of Saturday's game against the San Francisco Giants. Lucius Fox entered the game to cover third base while Maikel Franco shifted over to take first base. No official reason has been given yet for why Bell was removed from the game. However, Nationals beat writers have speculated that it's likely related to the right knee injury that forced him to miss some time this past week. Bell walked in his only at-bat in Saturday's game and he advanced to third base after the walk. There's a chance he re-aggravated his knee injury while running the bases.
Josh Bell was a disappointment in fantasy last season, but a fresh start with the Washington Nationals should help him return to form. Like many of us, the big first baseman looked lost in 2020. Bell finished the season ranked 41st among 1B eligible players while setting new career-worsts in on-base percentage (.305), slugging percentage (.364), K-rate (26.5%), and wRC+ (78).The good news is that was across only 223 plate appearances. In 2019 Bell was an All-Star. He blasted 37 homers and had 116 RBI with a .936 OPS across 613 PA. It's tempting to look at 2020 as a slump and move on. Unfortunately, Bell's 2019 success was limited to an equally small sample. Bell did an overwhelming amount of his damage early in the season while batting just .233 in the second half. However, even if he doesn't regain his torrid 2019 pace, Bell should improve in 2021. Last year he dealt with uncharacteristic plate discipline issues resulting in an abysmal 0.37 BB/K rate. His career 11.9% walk rate would suggest last season was an anomaly. If healthy, Bell is a near-lock for 30 homers and will have plenty of RBI and run opportunities playing with a better supporting cast than he ever had in Pittsburgh. Bell's durability gives him a safe floor with massive upside if he cuts back on the strikeouts and grounders. Bell is a steal at his average draft position of 175th overall.