Josh Bell Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 250 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/14/1992 (29)
Josh Bell Season Stats
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Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell finished his season as one of the hottest hitters in baseball, slashing .287/.375/.513 over his last 121 games of the season. Those numbers stand in stark contrast to his .133/.198/.289 line to start the year. He finished with statistics that mirror his career averages, but those could be hiding a major breakout if he can maintain some adjustments into 2022. He dropped his strikeout rate to just 17.8 percent in those final 121 games, and used the whole field more than ever. He should be a sneaky option for first base production next year, with plenty more RBI opportunities coming behind Juan Soto.
Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored in the last game of the season Sunday. He carries a four-game hit streak with three multi-hit games into the offseason. Bell thrived batting behind Juan Soto after coming over from the Pirates in the offseason, and he slashed .261/.347/.476 with 27 homers, 75 runs, and 88 RBI in 144 games. He's a solid first base option entering 2022, when he figures to once again see plenty of RBI opportunities.
Washington Nationals' first baseman Josh Bell is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Colorado Rockies. Bell's having an above-average year offensively, slashing .254/.337/.473 with 27 HRs, 88 RBI, and 72 runs over 139 games. He's really turned it on in the second half, batting .264 with a .866 OPS. Ryan Zimmerman will play first and bat fourth against the left-hander Kyle Freeland. Zimmerman has just a .241 batting average and .749 OPS but is slashing .292/.315/.585 against lefties this season. He's a good streaming option at first base for fantasy managers in need of one.
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.