Josh Bell Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 250 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/14/1992 (28)
Josh Bell Season Stats
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Washington Nationals offseason acquisitionsJosh Bell andKyle Schwarber, who made delayed debuts with the team Monday thanks to the team's coronavirus situation, both did well at the plate. Bell was 1-for-3 with two walks and Schwarber was 2-for-5 with a double as Washington won by a score of 5-2. The Nationals offense has struggled this season, having been shut out in three of four games entering Monday, but it should be a decent offense with Trea Turner and Juan Soto in the mix. Clearly, getting Bell and Schwarber back helped, and if either one was carelessly dropped in your league, look to pick them up as soon as possible.
Washington Nationals outfielder Kyle Schwarberand first baseman Josh Bellwill make their season debuts on Monday night, with Bell hitting fourth and Schwarber hitting fifth against John Gant and the Cardinals. Schwarber and Bell were part of the group of players that had been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak that delayed the start of Washington's season, and while it's unknown if they tested positive or were merely close contacts, they should make an impact to the Nationals offense now that they're back. Get them into your fantasy lineups on Monday.
Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell and closer Brad Hand are the biggest names that do not appear on the team's roster as they are set to play their first game of the year Tuesday following a coronavirus outbreak. Nor are Kyle Schwarber or Josh Harrison, or either catcher Yan Gomes or Alex Avila. Starting pitchers Patrick Corbin and Jon Lester are not on it either but they could theoretically be back before their first scheduled start. For Tuesday, just be sure that if you are starting a National, that they are indeed playing. Also be aware that either Tanner Rainey or Daniel Hudson is likely to be favored for saves while Hand is out. There should still be little season-long effect, but keep your eye on all of these names in the coming week or so to see when they'll be back, and fringier players who are not currently on the roster can be dropped.
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.